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Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict has been fined $75,000 for stomping on Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount

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The league shows that they don’t actually care about player safety. Here’s what Burfict was doing in the scrum.

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict has been fined $75,000 for stomping on New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount at various points in week 6. He has not been suspended.

I should note that this does not appear to include any penalty for throwing a dangerous and low hit to the knee of Patriots TE Martellus Bennett:

And the fine is for messing dangerously with Blount’s ankle on the goal line after the Patriots iced the game with another score:

We should also note that this wasn’t the first time Burfict stepped on Blount’s feet this game, as Steelers OG Ramon Foster happily pointed out during a radio interview:

Burfict was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season for “repeated violations of player safety rules,” after his tactics were on display during a playoff game against the Steelers. He had been “fined for safety-related violations four times in 2015” before getting hit with the suspension.

Burfict is a dirty player and any league that truly cares about the health and well-being of the players should take a far more serious approach when issuing punishment.