Wednesday’s fine marked the eighth time in 53 career NFL games Burfict was fined. Counting lost game checks due to his three-game suspension earlier this year, those fines total $805,400.
Perhaps for the first time in his career, Vontaze Burfict has the national media all twisted up in knots.
Usually, they are the folks raining down admonishment from on high in New York or Los Angeles or wherever – leaving us locals to actually state facts and pick up the pieces (which usually means him not wanting to talk to us).
But when it comes to his hit on Kansas City fullback Anthony Sherman on Aug. 19 and the five-game suspension the NFL handed down on Friday, the Burfict case has tied the national media up in knots.
Apparently, it’s a very complicated case with a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s.
- Over at Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio had a story with the headline “Was Vontaze Burfict’s hit legal?”
- Over at Deadspin, a site that doesn’t usually take too kindly to Burfict, Dom Cosentino wrote a piece entitled “The Vontaze Burfict Rule is a Confusing Mess.”
- Over at ESPN, national NFL reporter Kevin Seifert wrote a story called “Vontaze Burfict’s five-game suspension: Was hit actually legal?”
Then there is Peter King of MMQB.com and Sports Illustrated, who had a pretty clear opinion on the hit, but had some issues with the penalty:
Then there was Mike Pereria, the former NFL VP of Officiating who now works as an NFL on FOX analyst joining Mo Egger locally on ESPN 1530 on Monday agreeing with the league’s determination that it was an illegal play (even though Burfict wasn’t flagged on the play).
“From what I can see on my assumption is there is enough contact to the neck area that I think it’s a foul. And I really think it’s a cheap shot, too.”
What does it mean? That the NFL accomplished the near impossible: confused the national discourse on a guy who for the last few years was a pretty easy target in the eyes of many.
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