Suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict blasted his personal ban in wake of the fallout from the helmet-swinging incident involving Cleveland Browns star Myles Garrett.
Burfict, who was suspended for the rest of the season after a Week four helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight finish Jack Doyle, advised The Athletic in a narrative printed Friday that there was no comparability when it got here to his hit and Garrett’s, who eliminated the helmet of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hit him with it.
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“The NFL had to suspend somebody for that last night, since that wasn’t a football act,” Burfict mentioned. “My suspension was a football act. I was hitting somebody. I wasn’t taking a helmet off and swinging it at somebody.”
He additionally blasted commissioner Roger Goodell, with whom he met throughout his attraction.
“I met Roger Goodell in New York and he was a total b—h,” he mentioned. “He was a b—h. He didn’t let anybody speak, he rushed us in and out of the meeting. The meeting was bulls—t. He already had the suspension in his hand.”
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Burfict was given the season-long suspension, which ended up being 12 video games, principally because of his earlier historical past. The league mentioned Burfict was advised a number of instances about how violent he was on the sector.
When requested whether or not he regrets blowing kisses to followers upon his departure from Lucas Oil Stadium, Burfict mentioned he doesn’t.
“Nah, because it was already bulls—t, getting thrown out of the game,” he mentioned. “Could have done way more, bro. I could have done way more than just run off the field. I could have raised hell … used my fists whatever. But I just ran off and I was getting flipped off and getting s—t thrown on me. The crowd was yelling a lot of s—t, but I just blew kisses.”
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Garrett acquired an indefinite suspension for the helmet-swinging incident. He is about to have an attraction listening to on Wednesday. He additionally apologized for his actions hours after the melee.