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Kimberley A. Martin’s Power Take: Let’s not go crazy defending Bengals’ Burfict

Here’s a shocker: Vontaze Burfict is facing NFL discipline again.

The Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker could wind up serving a five-game suspension for his illegal hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.

Depending on the angle…

…you can debate whether this hit warranted such a steep punishment.

But here’s the kicker: the NFL is cracking down on egregious hits because of players like Burfict. He’s been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars during his career, including $75,000 last season for stomping on a players’ head and hitting another in the knee area during the Bengals-Patriots game last October.

Burfict, who has been fined almost $300,000 for on-field incidents, plans to appeal the ruling. The Bengals have publcily expressed support for their player.

But while some may argue that this Burfict hit wasn’t that dirty, the league created a new rule to protect players who can’t protect themselves.

Especially against repeat offenders like Burfict.

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