Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a history of issues as it pertains to late penalties since beginning his football career, and that became more evident yesterday (Sun. October 22, 2017) during the Bengals match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On just the second play of the game yesterday Burfict kicked a player in the face in a pile after making a tackle. The victim of the play was fullback Roosevelt Nix who leads the way for star running back Le'Veon Bell. There wasn't a flag on the play from the referee, which angered a lot of Steelers fans, but Pittsburgh went on to win the game 29 - 14.
Bell recently did an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer to discuss the extra physicality by Burfict, and said that he and his team just needed to keep playing football after a flag was not rightfully thrown (quotes via NFL.com):
"I guess he said he didn't see it," Bell said of the official after the game, via The Cincinnati Enquirer. "So, we had to continue playing football."
Bell then took to Twitter to throw a bit of shade Burfict's way by saying he has to go, before exclaiming "that’s not football AT ALL!!":
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Burfict is not expected to face a suspension for his antics, but a fine is very possible. Bell went on to say that he doesn't like dirty plays, but understands it comes with the territory in a rivalry game.
Bell doubled down on his claim that what Burfict did 'wasn't football' and called for respectable football moving forward:
"Yeah, it is a rivalry game. You kind of expect that," Bell said of the heated fued between the Steelers and Bengals. "It is what it is. I just don't like when guys come and do dirty plays.
"It is okay to play tough and try to hit guys hard in the course of the play, that's fine, but I don't like unnecessary roughness or things that happen after the play.
"My fullback got kicked in the face. That's just not football to me. I don't think that's a respectable play.
"For me, I just like to play respectable football. Whether you play tough or whatever it is, within the play, it is all fine. After the play, unnecessary things, trying to hurt people, I don't like that."
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