New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell expresses his opinion over the NFL suspending Vontaze Burfict for the remainder of the year.
Last Sunday, Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected in the second quarter of a game against the Indianapolis Colts. Burfict initiated a helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle, one that forced the refs to make an “unnecessary roughness” call. The veteran linebacker then seemed to laugh as he entered the locker room.
This week, the NFL decided to suspend Burfict for the rest of the season. Last Sunday’s ejection wasn’t the only time Burfict has had an issue with illegal hits. He served suspensions during the 2016 and 2017 seasons due to repeated violations of player safety rules. Through it all, numerous players have an opinion on the latest Burfict suspension, one of whom is New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell.
“There are certain fine lines you really can’t cross and I feel like he kind of finds it every game,” Bell said of Burfict, per Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “It’s like unbelievable. The league did what it did. I’m glad they’re finally trying to bite down on things like that because we don’t want dirty players in the league. Obviously, you don’t want guys to not be able to provide for their families. It’s not like I don’t want him on the field, but I just want him to play clean. If he’s not playing clean then other guys can’t really provide for their families because they’re hurt.”
Burfict will reportedly appeal the illegal hit he made against Doyle on Sunday. Despite the eventual proceedings, Burfict, at the moment, is still out of football for the remainder of 2019.