In his press conference on Wednesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell re-emphasized player safety being a league priority.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams found great fault in this statement.
“So Roger is concerned about safety right?” Williams said on his Twitter account. “However a known offender is fined rather than removed from the field? Message received.”
So roger is concerned about player safety right? However a known offender is fined rather than removed from the field? Message received???
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) October 19, 2016
Williams was referring to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The NFL reviewed two plays of his from last weekend’s game against the New England Patriots. On one play, he hit tight end Martellus Bennett low. ESPN’s Mike Reiss and Katherine Terrell reported that Bennett said Burfict later apologized for it.
The other was seen on a video from Reiss. It appeared that Burfict stomped on LeGarrette Blount’s leg. The NFL decided not to suspend him, but he got hit with a $75,000 fine, according to Pro Football Talk.
Burfict was suspended for the first three games of this season because of his conduct during the Bengals wild-card game loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015.
In Reiss and Terrell’s report, they said that suspensions and fines have cost Burfict $502,941 in his professional career.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told the media that he believes that his linebacker was fined based of his past, and has a strong chance at winning his appeal, via Pro Football Talk.