Sportsmanship is the heart of any game that’s played, especially when it’s at the highest level like the NFL. So when the leading organization does nothing when one player kicks another player after a play, and nothing happens, it raises some eyebrows.
The NFL has been under constant scrutiny as of late, what with the league not coming forward about concussions and the back and forth controversy about their players taking the knee during the anthem. Seems like these guys don’t want to make any kind of decision so they won’t get a bad rep, but by not doing anything they send a much louder message.
During the Bengals loss to the Steelers on Sunday, Vontaze Burfict refused to shake hands during the coin toss and then proceeded to kick a Steelers player in the face.
Vontaze Burfict refused to shake the Steelers’ hands during coin toss and then tried to kick them. pic.twitter.com/a8qoqf4Mzu
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) October 22, 2017
The point after is just ridiculous. You just kicked someone in the face and point at them as if they did something wrong? The dude is getting up from a tackle where people are going to fall on top of each other, your feet on the other hand are raised and kicked by your own prerogative.
Even after this moment was brought to light, it seems the NFL refuses to suspend the player even though he still may be fined. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was not happy about this decision at all.
“Dude gotta go, man,” Bell wrote on Twitter after seeing the replay. “That’s not football at all,” adding, “It’s unbelievable the league is just condoning this activity. But if Rosie reacts, Rosie would be the one that would get into trouble.”
He told reporters something similar:
“My fullback got kicked in the face. That’s just not football to me,” Bell said. “I don’t think that’s a respectable play. For me, I just like to play respectable football. Whether you play tough or whatever it is, within the play, it is all fine. After the play, unnecessary things, trying to hurt people, I don’t like that.”
Bell isn’t saying that it should be all rainbows and butterflies, but when a play is done the call is excessive roughness. For nothing to be done is clearly upsetting fellow players and the league will surely get an ear full. Plus, this isn’t the first time Burfict has been dirty on the field. Hopefully Bell’s words resonate and Burfict will get AT LEAST a hefty, hefty fine.
On a lighter note, check out probably the best touchdown celebration since Odell’s fresh dance moves:
The Steelers "Hide and Seek" celebration is the best. pic.twitter.com/vFa8YehAqQ
— WSHH FANS (@WSHHFANS) October 22, 2017