The Pittsburgh Steelers are not happy about Vontaze Burfict’s $75,000 fine. The amount is in line with Burfict’s actions — a seemingly intentional stomp — but given his history as a repeat offender, Steelers players are questioning why he hasn’t been suspended.
Burfict was suspended for the first three games of this season for a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown in last year’s AFC Wild Card game. He came back, and he’s already getting fined for intentional actions.
Offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey was among those disappointed with the news, questioning the NFL’s dedication to player safety.
“Whenever something like that happens and nothing gets addressed,” Pouncey said, via The Times, “It makes you look at them like, ‘Hold on, are they really telling the truth here?'”
Running back Le’Veon Bell also chimed in. Burfict drew flack for celebrating while Bell was on the ground in pain from a torn MCL last year.
“I think the league definitely has got to look into things like that because he’s a known guy for purposely trying to take players out,” Bell told The Times. “You can just watch the plays and tell what he’s trying to do, and it’s not just any player. It’s the best players on the team. He knows what he’s doing.”
Bell said the fines aren’t enough for Burfict, as he makes plenty of money to cover them. Bell called attention to the fact the league is focused on Brown and his fines for uniform violations while players like Burfict are intentionally hurting other players. Burfict’s fines have now passed the $800,000 mark.