Fans have called on the NFL to take strong action against notorious Cincinnati enforcer Vontaze Burfict after his latest cheap shot for the Bengals.
Burfict had no interest in speaking to reporters after another dodgy hit left NFL fans fuming on social media.
The Bengals linebacker found himself at the centre of another controversy during the Bengals’ Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On the play in question, Burfict appeared to lower his elbow into Antonio Brown’s helmet late and after the Steelers man was well and truly wrapped up.
Supporters were quick to condemn Burfict over the incident on social media.
I still don't understand how Vontaze Burfict is still in the league
— Brandon (@BDopeland) October 15, 2018
Vontez Burfict is an absolute trash bag, dirt bag player and needs to be banned from the league
— Fidel Cashflow (@Ernest_The5th) October 15, 2018
Lucky Burfict didn’t get 15 yd penalty and ejected from the game. Also lucky Conners TD was called incorrect and never reviewed. https://t.co/gVQMRtBRFt
— Tom (@Steeler4life777) October 15, 2018
Burfict is a punk. Cheap shots on players is all he's good for.
— Richard Lobban (@ralobban) October 15, 2018
They better give that dirty burfict a long suspension. Otherwise he will continue with the dirty play and really hurt someone.
— woosh (@walshjoey4) October 15, 2018
Brown left the game briefly but made a quick return to play a key role in the win.
As fate had it, the superstar wideout ended up being responsible for the last-second touchdown that gave the Steelers the 28-21 win.
Following the game, Burfict wasn’t eager to talk to reporters.
He avoided giving interviews in the locker room, instead telling media to “get your ass out of our locker room,” according to NBC Sports.
Burfict then left the locker room without speaking to anyone.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis avoided questions about the hit as well.
Marvin Lewis pretended not to know about the Burfict hit on Antonio Brown in his postgame news conference. A group of reporters gathered around Burfict's locker after the game. He grabbed his shoes and hustled into the training room. Refused a second request after that happened.
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 14, 2018
Brown also didn’t say much about whether he thought Burfict’s hit was a dirty play.
Burfict could face punishment even though he wasn’t flagged on the play. The league reviews tape following each game. If the NFL determines Burfict intentionally tried to hit Brown in the head, he could face a fine or a suspension.
It may not help that Burfict hasn’t kept his intentions about injuring players on the Steelers a secret. He’s liked plenty of tweets about taking out JuJu Smith-Schuster during the offseason.
— john walker iv (@realjohnwalker) October 10, 2018
The Bengals are set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.
It’s unclear whether Burfict will take the field with them after the NFL reviews his tape from Week 6.
With Yahoo Sports US