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October 15, 2014

Reports: Burfict fined $25,000 for Newton, Olsen ankle twists

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $25,000 for twisting the ankles of Cam Newton and Greg Olsen during Carolina's 37-37 tie with Cincinnati last Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Burfict twisted the ankles of Carolina's starting quarterback and tight end at the end of touchdown scores in the second half. He was not penalized during the game for either twist.

ProFootballTalk.com first reported the fine. ESPN's Ed Werder reports Burfict will be summoned to the league office upon his next infraction. The NFL typically announces fines later in the week.

On Monday, Olsen called for league action on Burfict, who has regularly drawn personal foul penalties during his college and NFL careers. Olsen said a fine would not be enough for the oft-fined Burfict.

“In instances like that that are so clearly premeditated, that he had in his mind that if he had those opportunities that he was going to try to attack guys’ legs, but guys who are coming off ankle problems specifically, there’s no room for it,” Olsen said Monday.

“And I think the punishment needs to go beyond a fine. Guys like that don’t learn from that stuff. He’s been fined 100 times for head-hunting, and he did it to (receiver) Kelvin (Benjamin) again. You watch the film; it’s just what he is.” 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on October 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM | Permalink


Olsen and Newton should receive the fine money. They were the ones he tried to injure and should collect the fine. They could use the money in the community or take the offense out for a "really nice" dinner. He could have cost one or both of them their careers! Olsen is right, he will continue until it hits him harder than this.

Posted by: Get Real | Oct 15, 2014 11:17:06 AM

The NFL Players Union pays all fines. The players suffer nothing. Suspension is the only useful tool in this. Too bad the commissioner has no stones.

Posted by: Pain | Oct 15, 2014 11:22:26 AM

Release the Kraken!

Posted by: The Kraken | Oct 15, 2014 11:28:51 AM

I wonder if Olsen hadn't said something publicly if anything would have happened at all

Posted by: BUCKGUY | Oct 15, 2014 11:50:04 AM

This proves once and for all that Roger Goodell is an idiot. No protection or player safety here. What is he afraid of? Another monumental NFL failure.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Oct 15, 2014 11:55:43 AM

@Get Real | Oct 15, 2014 11:17:06 AM

Are you sure? Unions provide representation but do no pay fines, as I understand it.

Posted by: Cathy | Oct 15, 2014 12:04:58 PM

A few years back the Saints conspired to injure players. Is this an admission that those punishments should have been mild fines as well?

Posted by: banks | Oct 15, 2014 12:47:13 PM

@Cathy- That was @Pain's statement, not mine. It is also my understanding that the player pays the fines. I am stating he should have to make the check payable to Olsen and Newton.

Posted by: Get Real | Oct 15, 2014 12:49:35 PM

The player does pay a fine but it can be considered a charitable contribution so it all becomes a tax write in the end

Posted by: BUCKGUY | Oct 15, 2014 12:51:44 PM

Hey Olsen; Why don't you sign up for a flag football league?

Posted by: todd | Oct 15, 2014 1:27:13 PM

Would have suspension been the decision if it had been Brady & Gronkowski instead of Newton & Olsen? This is actually worse than Saints' bounty program because this is intentional injury to specific player / players. I am sick and tired of the NFL inequality across the board and their ill considered decisions!

Posted by: Brenda R | Oct 15, 2014 1:33:03 PM

How is this any different than what the players did in the bounty scandal? Purposely trying to hurt players should be dealt with by suspension -- nothing less.

Posted by: Scott Fujita | Oct 15, 2014 1:33:33 PM

1. I loved the bounty

2. Papa Jerry needs to be fined for twisting the taxpayers arm into the stadium upgrades when he made 100 mill profit last year. That was far more egregious than this.

3. The next time this guy does this, someone needs to pop him in the mouth on the field. Hockey players would police this and it wouldn't happen continually.

Posted by: tony clifton | Oct 15, 2014 1:45:17 PM

The Bengals should voluntarily bench Barfit for the remainder of the season for unsportsmanlike conduct. If they won't punish this jerk, the NFL needs to suspend Barfit permanently and then fine the Bengal organization - top to bottom - for putting him on the field.

Posted by: Katherine Phillips | Oct 15, 2014 1:57:22 PM

This would indicate the NFL has little regard for player safety, despite what they claim. A minimum 2 game suspension would send a louder message. Of course, Roger Goodell would have some idiotic justification for such an insignificant fine.

Posted by: PT | Oct 15, 2014 2:07:52 PM

Marvin Lewis loves to employ the criminal element. Burfict fits in perfectly.

Posted by: LR | Oct 15, 2014 2:49:23 PM

Hey Todd! I don't see your fat couch potato arse out there. You'd whine about breaking a nail opening your wine cooler!

Posted by: Joe Theisman | Oct 15, 2014 2:51:10 PM

Yep it had been Brady, manning and we'll now Romo or any of the big market teams he would have been suspended. Classic.
Just like somehow Ray McDonald is still playing and everyone seems to be ok with it. Come November if Hardy is cleared won't matter cause national media won't let it go.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 15, 2014 2:58:21 PM

Oh and feel pretty sure Gano and Olsen not said something publicly nothing would have happened!
Probably more to come.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 15, 2014 3:03:54 PM

Interesting....didn't they fine Graham $30,000 for dunking the football over the goal post? Try to injure two players and the fine is less than a dunk. Goodell gets it right again, NOT!

Posted by: grrrowl | Oct 15, 2014 3:04:34 PM

I think that any time someone intentionally hurts someone they should suffer and with the type of money the NFL makes $25K is not enough to set an example. They should incur the fine along with $25K x 100 as punitive damage to the NFL player they have injured. Eventually someone is going to get hurt so bad that it will end their career but stiffening up on this type of behavior could eliminate a lot of that malicious activity up front.

Posted by: DEE DAVIS | Oct 15, 2014 4:07:51 PM

He just needs some Crack.

Posted by: The Cracken | Oct 16, 2014 9:28:46 AM

Sounds Fair target 2 players with ankle injuries and try to end there game/possibly season/possibly Career. get 25k penalty

excessive end zone celebration get same penalty makes sense right no wonder all them guys were going home and beating there wifes you make them unstable with rulings likes this

Posted by: Biatch Please | Oct 17, 2014 1:33:07 PM

Why wasn't he fined for the concussion of Kelvin Benjamin? Maybe more will come, but he should not be allowed to play. No team wants to put up with his dangerous and harmful tacking. NFL should impose stronger fine. Hope someone sends this URL to Commish Roger G.

Posted by: DiQ | Oct 17, 2014 1:55:39 PM

No I meant more to come as in more dirty play. 25,000 grand to get what this moron did. On Olsen that was not a bad UFC submission move. Cam had awesome composure and Olsen was in too much pain.
The disgusting thing I noticed on replay was looked as if Prckman Jones and burfect were disgusing it after Olsens or Cam not sure they were laughing. Not too many things to laugh about after TD!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 17, 2014 9:48:08 PM

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