Suspended Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict has some thoughts on the whole Myles Garrett situation.
On Thursday night, Garrett lost his cool and swung a helmet at Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s at the end of the Browns-Steelers game. Garrett has currently been suspended indefinitely but many believe he’ll get a six-game suspension.
Burfict, who is currently serving a season-long suspension for a hit on Colts’ TE Jack Doyle, spoke with Vic Tafur of The Athletic and was critical of Garrett’s actions by saying that swinging a helmet “is not a part of football”.
“The NFL had to suspend somebody for that last night since that wasn’t a football act,” Burfict told The Athletic. “My suspension was a football act. I was hitting somebody. I wasn’t taking a helmet off and swinging it at somebody.” Burfict told the site he was watching the game with his daughters, ages 4 and 2, and turned the game off after the fight.
“I don’t want them to see that,” Burfict said. “Because that’s not what I do. That’s not part of football. I hit people on the field during the game. And they say that’s dirty, yeah, whatever. I get hit, too, during the games, so don’t complain. It’s football, bro.”
Burfict goes on to blast the NFL and Roger Goodell for giving him such a long suspension for a “football play”.
“It was bullshit,” Burfict said of the discipline for his hit on Doyle. “I was making a football play. I could see if it was a fine or something, but not a suspension, let alone for the whole season. It kind of seems like there was a target on my head. I mean, there has always been a target on my head.
“I met Roger Goodell in New York and he was a total bitch” Burfict said. “He was a bitch. He didn’t let anybody speak, he rushed us in and out of the meeting. The meeting was bullshit He already had the suspension in his hand.”
Considering Burfict has a two-minute long highlight tape of dirty hits he’s lucky he’s not banned for life from the NFL.