The Suspension Doesn’t Fit The Crime
Vontaze Burfict. The NFL’s favorite scapegoat.
He was originally suspended for 5 games, which was reduced to 3 games after an appeal – but many feel he shouldn’t be suspended at all. Vontaze has always been an extremely polarizing player, inviting either hate or love from Bengals fans and football fans alike. But something about this recent PRESEASON boondoggle just seems off.
The Play Was Legal (No Flag)
When you watch the play, it looks like a good football hit. The only problem? The player that got laid out wasn’t even close to where the ball was thrown.
— Elite Andy Dalton (@EvilAndyDalton) August 28, 2017
Old Rule: You are allowed to make contact within 5 yards. (Sherman was hit well within this threshold.)
New Rule: You aren’t allowed to hit a “defenseless player”. (http://operations.nfl.com/the-rules/nfl-video-rulebook/defenseless-player/)
We could argue for weeks about whether Vontaze led with his shoulder or his helmet, and whether Sherman was a defenseless player or not. But one thing is clear – the punishment still doesn’t fit.
Still three too much. Hit was legal.
— Tyler Keith Roberts (@TylerKRoberts) August 30, 2017