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

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.