NFL fines Vontaze Burfict for low hit that Big Ben deemed intentional
The Bengals linebacker will appeal the fine.
It turns out Vontaze Burfict will be fined for his low hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. A day after Burfict's agent told ESPN that the Bengals linebacker wouldn't face any further NFL discipline, he changed course, revealing that Burfict was actually fined for that hit.
Agent Audie Attar told ESPN's Adam Schefter about the fine Thursday. According to Attar, Burfict plans to appeal.
As it turns out, NFL fined Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict today for hit on Ben Roethlisberger, per agent Audie Attar. Burfict appealing fine.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 18, 2015
Here's a look at the hit in question, which wasn't flagged by the officials on Sunday:
How could this hit by Vontaze Burfict not be a penalty. Watch this cheap shot as he targets Ben's ankle pic.twitter.com/O4ZcT1FC5m— Charlie Batch (@CharlieBatch16) December 13, 2015
Earlier this week, Roethlisberger went on 93.7 The Fan, a CBS Sports Radio Station, and accused Burfict, who has a history of bad blood with the Steelers, of intentionally "going for" his legs.
"I don't buy that he was pushed," Roethlisberger said. "He definitely was diving in low and going for my legs. It's tough. I am just glad I didn't get hurt."
It seems the NFL agreed with Roethlisberger's assessment of the hit.
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