Free Agent LB Vontaze Burfict Arrested

Free agent linebacker Vontaze Burfict was arrested early this morning, according to a report from ESPN. The 30-year-old was reportedly arrested in Nevada on a misdemeanor battery charge.

Records from the Clark County Detention Center show that Burfict is being held on a $1,000 bond, and a hearing for his case is scheduled for Monday. As the ESPN report notes, “information about the incident” that led to the arrest wasn’t readily available.

Burfict hasn’t been immune to controversy throughout his eight-year career, as the veteran has been suspended for 22 games and fined more than $5.0MM. Besides a 2018 ban for violating the leagues’ policy against performance-enhancing drugs, Burfict has generally been suspended for his on-field conduct. This includes a 12-game ban during the 2019 campaign following several helmet-to-helmet hits on Colts players.

The NFL reinstated Burfict back in February, giving him the green light to play during the 2020 campaign. So far, there hasn’t been any reported interest in the linebacker, although his agent said this offseason that the linebacker was working to change his style of play to fit the NFL’s rules (per ESPN).

The 2012 undrafted free agent out of Arizona State earned a Pro Bowl nod during his sophomore campaign after finishing with a league-leading 171 tackles (along with three sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception). That was the last time Burfict appeared in all 16 games during a season. He was ultimately cut by the Bengals at the end of the 2018 season, and he later joined the Raiders on a one-year pact.

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23 comments on “Free Agent LB Vontaze Burfict Arrested

  1. jay13

    It seems this guy can’t keep himself out of trouble. It drives me nuts that some of these guys just don’t get it.

    • twentyforty

      Just think…people worse than him allegedly voted. In droves too….allegedly.

  2. markdavisbarber

    I wonder if Vontaze Burfict will be on Hard Times season 5?

    So surprised that Tampa never signed him.

  3. phillyballers

    Damn I was guessing aggravated assault. Who had “battery” in the office pool?

  4. Cntkaneeryah

    Hmmmm.Suspended for violating ped policy. If only there were some clue to his rages. Oh well,no big deal he will kill someone then be shot by the police and become the next victim of police v>olence. Those bastards.

  5. compassrose

    I kept trying to come up with a smart a$$ comment but nothing seemed to work. I feel bad picking on a guy whose brain has barely enough power to run his auto functions.

    Too bad a guy with his talent has no self control. He was twenty years too late. This all would have been covered up and the hits legal back then.

    • Ak185

      It is more sad than it is funny, despite the admittedly amusing quips. Burfict did this to himself, but I don’t ultimately take any joy in watching someone mess up the opportunities he/she could have had.

      • compassrose

        I agree it is sad but my way to deal with this stuff is with sarcasm and jokes. Probably a character flaw but that is me.

        • Ak185

          Oh sorry, I was agreeing with you. Sorry if I didn’t make that clear, my bad.

  6. crosseyedlemon

    This guy seriously needs to consider changing his legal name to Josh Gordon.

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