The name Vontaze Burflict (#1 FEAR) has become synonymous with “cheap shot,” and it has subsequently cost him the entire 2019 NFL season. Two weeks ago, Oakland’s Burflict was suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, the league announced, and he won’t be coming back. NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Burfict explaining the decision. “Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game. Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.”
What’s worse is that Burflict was smiling as he left the field, blowing kisses to his fans as though he hadn’t a care in the world. Not only has Burflict been flagged for hard hits, but he has even been caught trying to twist the angles of opposing players. In short, Vontaze has proved himself to be one class-act big jerk. Looking briefly at his past, he missed almost all of his sophomore season due to academic problems, and he struggled to meet admission standard based on the NCAA eligibility sliding scale and still had one summer school class to complete. On his aggressive style of play, his brother Dashan stated, “He’s been playing that way since he was a little kid. “It was kind of funny because kids back then when we were younger would go home crying to their mom because they felt like he hit them too hard or he was just being a little too aggressive.”
And what does his mom, Lisa Lane, have to say? “It wasn’t even like a knock on the door sometimes. It was me coming in with my fiancé at the time, my daughters, and I’d come in with the stroller and people would come up to me like, ‘Are you Vontaze’s mom?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes.’ And then, ‘Can you please tell your son not to knock my son out tonight?’”
Doesn’t sound like the young Vontaze had a strong father-figure in his life, something that would have helped curtail his unbridled behavior. It’s unfortunate to see such natural #1 gross-motor talent go to waste, and we can only hope Burflict takes a long look at himself, channeling his intense passion instead to love, not injure, his fellow man.
Written by: Staff
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