Vontaze Burfict is widely regarded as one of the best linebackers in the country, and a first-round lock next year if he enters the NFL draft. At his best, he’s got the speed and power of Lawrence Taylor.
Sure, he’s had some problems in the past – Burfict barely qualified academically (he needed a summer class) and last year he was suspended by his coach for taking too many cheap shots on opponents. Nick Fairley did the same thing and was crucified online; Burfict, because he plays for the lowly Sun Devils, basically caught no heat.
Burfict’s latest transgression is that he threw a punch at a teammate in the locker room. It’s still unclear what happened, but Burfict definitely threw at least one punch. From the Republic:
According to a source, Burfict waited for Ozier in the locker room. He threw a punch, Ozier threw a punch and the fight was broken up
And from Sports by Brooks:
In the aftermath of a verbal confrontation between Burfict and Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier during a Wednesday Sun Devil practice, the star ASU linebacker initiated a blindside attack on Ozier from inside the team’s locker room, sucker-punching the diminutive wide receiver in the face.
The force of the blow knocked Ozier, who Burfict outweighs by 50 pounds, to the ground.
Ozier, who was initially unresponsive after Burfict delivered the brutal, blindside shot to his head, eventually recovered from the assault.
This guy will fit in perfectly with the Steelers or Ravens, right? Nah, he never gets by the Raiders in the Top 10.