Vontaze Burfict Kicks Opponent In The Face Right In Front Of Ref

Bryan Brandom
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Before his Cincinnati Bengals’ Sunday matchup with the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker Vontaze Burfict had a message for wavers of the Terrible Towel.

Just two plays into the game, the six-year veteran, who’s amassed roughly $1 million in fines due to on-field misconduct, made sure to live up to his proclamation.

From his back, Burfict kicked Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in the face following a scrum.

Seemingly aware of his screwup, Burfict then pointed what appears to be a blaming finger at Nix.

Despite the incident’s occurring right in front of an official, Burfict was not flagged on the play.

Later that night, Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell vented about the linebacker who’s been suspended for a total of six games in his career for his on-field actions.

The Steelers got payback on the field—particularly Bell, who racked up 192 yards from scrimmage and delivered one of the filthiest stiff-arms you’ll ever see, on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

It looks even better from these angles.

“That was one of my better stiff-arms of my life,” Bell said after leading his team to a 29-14 win and a 5-2 record. “I don’t know what happened or what came over me that play.”