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The big question is should Vontaze Burfict be kicked out of the NFL for life? I'll lay out the case and let me know what you think. To start off with, he has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2019-20 for this hit on Colt's tight end Jack Doyle:
Pretty brutal. Doyle was clearly down with his knee on the ground and Burfict lead with his helmet and appeared to show zero regard for player safety. If this was a one-off, it's still a terrible move on his part. But maybe you can fine him and just move on.
Problem is Burfict is the worst offender in the league since he starting playing in 2012. Vontaze leads the league with 23 personal fouls and 15 flags for unnecessary roughness since '12. He has already had 13 suspensions. This latest hit was basically the straw that broke the camel's back for the league and they felt they had no choice but to consider his entire body of work of brutal, unnecessary hits and to suspend him for a whole 12 games.
I think that's 100% warranted. Even if you want to argue, like Derek Carr tries to, that this hit wasn't on purpose. You have to consider if you are Burfict the last thing in the world you should ever, ever do is lead with you helmet ever again.
It seems clear to me Burfict has learned nothing from all the suspensions over the years and its super unclear if he comes back in 2020 if that will change. I would like to see the NFL ban him for life BUT I can't say that would be 100% fair to him. Players need to be warned of those kinds of stakes beforehand. So I would be okay if he got one more chance but was told 'hey if you do this again, you're out for good'.
But here's a great argument for just kicking him out for good as it's clear he won't ever learn his lesson and change:
Should he be kicked out for good? Or is a 8-12 games suspension enough?