Bengals linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, was fined $25,000 for deliberately twisting the ankles of Panther players Cam Newton and Greg Olsen during this past Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.
On Tuesday, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that the NFL will review tapes that it received from Panthers head coach, Ron Rivera, that allegedly show Burfict twisting the two players’ ankles after they had been tackled. According to the same source, the video shows Cam Newton’s ankle twist in greater detail than it does for Greg Olsen.
Burfict’s agent, Gianfrancesco Genoso was asked on Wednesday as to his thoughts on the allegations and fine that have been levied upon Burfict. Lewis responded by offering no specific comment except that both Burfict and the overall defense could be playing a better than they have been in recent weeks.
One of Burfict’s teammates, cornerback Adam Jones, mentioned that he was surprised, “Because there was no flag and that Vontaze plays with great emotions and I don’t think he should have been fined $25,000 for it.”
When asked on Wednesday as to whether he’d like to talk about the incident, Panther quarterback Cam Newton said that he’d rather move on and that, “It doesn’t bother me.”
Even though his fellow teammate, Greg Olsen, was a bit more outspoken this past Monday, he took a more subtle approach earlier today by saying that he was not disappointed in the NFL’s decision to fine Burfict $25,000.