Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, and he added to that on Tuesday.
During Bengals training camp practice, Burfict went low on Giovani Bernard’s knees, and the entire offense did not take kindly to Burfict’s hit. Immediately after the tackle, words were exchanged and that led to a scuffle between the team.
From the video, we got a clear view of Burfict going low on the tackle and carrying his weight through the side of Bernard’s right knee. That would be a controversial tackle in a regular game, but this was in the first week of training camp against his own teammate.
No wonder the Bengals were upset.
Burfict’s history of being a reckless – even dangerous – player has followed him since his college days at Arizona State.
In his NFL career, he’s already paid nearly $1 million in fines.
He targeted Antonio Brown’s head in the 2016 AFC Wild Card.
Last season, the league looked into his cheap shot at Martellus Bennett’s knee, but he wasn’t fined for the hit. In the same game, though, he would be fined $75,000 for stepping on Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount’s leg.
He later refused to talk to the media after a series of dangerous hits from the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers.
If Tuesday was any indication, Burfict’s antics have not changed.
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