Report | Bengals teammate says Vontaze Burfict being provoked

Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is notorious for being a troublemaker in the NFL, but at least one teammate believes all the blame shouldn’t fall on the defender’s shoulders.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, an anonymous Bengals player said he heard officials cursing at Burfict on multiple occasions. He added that video shows officials making contact with Burfict multiple times over the last four games. An NFL spokesman denied those claims, telling Schefter it’s not out of the ordinary for officials to come into contact with players. Schefter reported that Burfict has become frustrated with how officials are treating him on the field.

“But over the past month, according to a source close to Burfict, the Bengals linebacker has grown increasingly upset with officials’ treatment of him and feels he is being singled out by officials,” writes Schefter. “Burfict has complained to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, a member of the league’s competition committee, but those complaints have not been brought to the league office, an NFL spokesman said Monday.”

The story follows Burfict’s first career ejection on Sunday. He was tossed after coming into contact with officials during the Bengals’ game against the Tennessee Titans. The NFL does not plan on suspending Burfict for the incident, however. Burfict has earned a reputation as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players over the years, forcing the league to hand out thousands of dollars in fines and multiple suspensions despite no ejections.

Earlier this year, Burfict notably signed a three-year contract extension with the Bengals, a deal worth a total of $38.68 million.

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