Perhaps the most amazing accomplishment in the NFL career of Vontaze Burfict is that he went an entire five and a half seasons without getting ejected from a game, despite the dirty reputation he’s strived to earn from Day 1.
On Sunday, it finally happened, on the lightest shove of an official’s arm.
Not defending Vontaze Burfict, but this is a weak call. Not ejection-worthy. He did have a bad drive priorpic.twitter.com/TnoaUH0vfT
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 12, 2017
According to the NFL rulebook, “Unnecessary physical contact with a game official … may result in disqualification and also will include discipline by the Commissioner.”
While this seems like a harsh interpretation of the rule, it’s hard not to imagine that Burfict’s rep as a player unwilling to consider on-field professionalism had something to do with his ejection.
That, and the incident came two plays after Burfict had earned himself his first personal foul of the game, for this late contact with DeMarco Murray.
Bruh, Burfict is dumb sometimes, but is this a personal foul on ANYONE else? What do they want from him? pic.twitter.com/viq9tXojik
— Fatal Content (@fatalcontent) November 12, 2017
Burfict initially refused to leave the sideline. When he finally vacated the premises, he did so with a tribute to former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.
— Preston Penn (@TheRealPres10) November 12, 2017
Burfict finally leaving the field, but not before arguing with fans and doing the Johnny Manziel money sign. My goodness.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 12, 2017
After Burfict got himself ejected, his Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Tennessee Titans, 24-20.