Vontaze Burfict fined for kicking Steelers fullback

For most people, being fined more than $12,000 is a life-changing event. For Vontaze Burfict, it’s Friday.

Burfict is used to much worse punishment, so getting a $12,154 fine (according to Jay Morrison of the Cox Media Group) seems like a ho-hum deal.

Burfict, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker known for dirty hits, was fined for kicking Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix. Burfict was on the ground with Nix on top of him, and Burfict kicked his helmet. It wasn’t egregious, or a suspension would have been easy. But it was enough for a five-figure fine.

After the play that Burfict was fined for, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it was overblown. It has been a regular occurrence during Burfict’s career for the team to justify his behavior.

“The player pushes Vontaze back after the play,” Lewis said, according to Cincy Jungle. “The official was right there and warned No. 45 (Nix) to not do that. So, I don’t know.”

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who injured his knee on a cheap shot from Burfict in 2015, spoke out about seeing another dirty play from the Bengals linebacker.

Burfict avoided suspension, but as always he’s on the NFL’s radar. Whenever there’s a Bengals game, there’s a possibility of doing something that will draw a league punishment.

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined for kicking a Steelers fullback. (AP)

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