The controversial Oakland Raiders linebacker was seen throwing a pair of punches during the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer knew what to expect from Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Sunday. Prior to the Vikings’ Week 3 game against the Raiders, Zimmer commented that the refs will have to make sure that Burfict, “plays clean.”
Well, unsurprisingly, the Raiders linebacker did not play clean in his matchup against Minnesota and his former defensive coordinator. The refs might have not noticed what he did during the middle of the game, but the viewers at home certainly did.
Midway through Sunday’s matchup inside U.S. Bank Stadium, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was being brought down by the Oakland defense after a carry. As Cook was heading to the ground, Burfict came into the action and threw two punches in the direction of the Minnesota running back.
The officials clearly did not see what the Raiders linebacker did on the play as no penalty flag was thrown. If they did see it, Burfict would have likely been ejected from the game.
Despite the officials not throwing a flag on the play, the Oakland linebacker can expect to receive a fine from the NFL this week and possibly even a suspension considering he is regarded as a repeat offender.
Luckily, he didn’t connect with either of his punches and none of the Vikings players were hurt on the play.
What’s the point of having this guy in the league anymore though? Burfict’s habits obviously haven’t changed and his actions on the field are just making the NFL look bad at this point.
There is no place for guys like this in the sport and the league should send a strong message to him with a significant punishment after his latest on-field incident.