Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict Fined $25,000 For Twisting Panthers’ Ankles

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 | 0

Vontaze Burfict

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is known for his aggressive, hard-hitting approach to the game. Unfortunately, his style got him into trouble after the Bengals’ Week 6 tie with the Carolina Panthers.

Although Burfict was never penalized during the game, video evidence revealed that he twisted the ankles of quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen.

Check out Burfict clearly twisting Newton’s ankle at the end of a play:

News came today that Burfict has been suspended a total of $25,000 for the incidents in question.

The Panthers most likely won’t view the fine as enough of a punishment. Olsen certainly does not, and called for Burfict to be suspended after Sunday’s game,

“If the league truly cares about league safety, they’ll start putting guys out for weeks. There’s no place for that.”

Olsen, who believes that the attacks were “premeditated,” believes that a stiffer penalty should be in line for Burfict, as anything less simply won’t get the message through:

“…the punishment needs to go beyond a fine… guys like that don’t learn.”

The league is supposedly focused on improving player safety, but if that is indeed the case, they should probably reexamine their actions regarding Burfict. After all, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 in the preseason for dunking the ball on the goal post.

The fact that a player can be fined more for a celebration than putting another player’s health in danger is beyond ludicrous, and it’s just another instance of the NFL tripping over their own feet when dealing with disciplinary matters.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for an entire season for repeatedly failing drug tests for marijuana while Ray Rice only received a two-game suspension for allegedly knocking his wife out in a casino elevator.

Rice has since been suspended indefinitely and released in the wake of clear video evidence, but the NFL took a huge hit to their credibility in the process.

That’s probably why they are overhauling their player conduct policy, which includes an all-inclusive investigation by former FBI director Robert Mueller III. We can only hope that the findings bring some consistency to their formula for handing out punishment, which seems to be all over the place at the whim of highly criticized commissioner Roger Goodell.

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