Breaking news on this Tuesday morning as Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict still hates the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When a Pittsburgh reporter asked earlier this month if Burfict still harbored any ill will against the Steelers due to what transpired late in last year’s AFC Wild Card game, the Bengals linebacker made sure not to hold back when giving his response.
“I don’t give no f—s about them,” Burfict said, according to Tim Rohan of Sports Illustrated. “Zero. You can write that, too. I don’t give no f—s about them. They’re just another team. They don’t scare me. Just another team.”
Burfict, of course, will miss the first three games of the 2016 regular season thanks to his illegal hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown late in the Bengals Wild Card game loss last January. Those three missed games will include the Bengals Week 2 road game against the Steelers, which is very fitting.
While Burfict certainly isn’t alone when it comes to blame for the Bengals late fourth quarter playoff collapse against the Steelers, his actions, along with the subsequent actions of his teammate, cornerback Adam Jones, who was penalized for charging an official as an injured Brown was being helped off of the field, are certainly easy for any objective person to point to.
Burfict isn’t likely to change his attitude or style of play anytime soon as a result of his recent three-game suspension and because of that, you can count on him continuing to make headlines in the future when asked about not only his hit on Brown, but his thoughts on the Steelers as well.
Just as Burfict isn’t scared of the Steelers, I’m sure there isn’t one player in Pittsburgh’s locker room that fears the Bengals linebacker. Keep on talking, Vontaze, as it certainly is fun to watch you make a fool of yourself both on and off the field. See you in Week 15, if, of course, you haven’t been suspended again by then.