Vontaze Burfict rips Roger Goodell, says NFL suspension result of a ‘witch hunt’


Jace Evans


USA TODAY

Published 11: 13 PM EST Nov 15, 2019

Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns received one of the longest suspensions in NFL history for an on-field act Friday after he ripped off the helmet of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mason Rudolph and hit the QB in the head with it during Thursday’s game.

One player who Garrett’s name now appears alongside in the infamous record book is Vontaze Burfict, who was suspended the final three months of this season for a hit on the Colts’ Jack Doyle in September. 

In an interview with The Athletic published Friday night, Burfict ripped the NFL in his first published comments since his ban and weighed in on the Garrett play. 

“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, a repeat offender, said his suspension was the result of a “witch hunt” by the league.

“It was (expletive),” Burfict said of his ban. “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.” 

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The 29-year-old Oakland Raiders linebacker also felt the league office didn’t give him a fair shake. 

“I met (commissioner) Roger Goodell in New York and he was a total (expletive),” Burfict said. “He was a (expletive). He didn’t let anybody speak, he rushed us in and out of the meeting. The meeting was (expletive). He already had the suspension in his hand.”

Burfict went on to say that he plans to return to the league next season. 

“The NFL can’t kick me out like that. They are going to have to kill me. I am too strong for that,” Burfict said. 

“I didn’t do (expletive) wrong, I hit a tight end. It could have been a fine, whoopy-de-doo. But there’s people out there assaulting people with helmets. That’s an assault with a deadly weapon.”

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