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Reactions to Vontaze Burfict’s 5-game suspension

Bengals Twitter did not take kindly to the news of Burfict’s suspension.

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension for an illegal hit against Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.

The hit in question came during the second week of the preseason in the middle of the first quarter. Burfict knocks into Sherman using his shoulder to take him out of the play.

Burfict is appealing the suspension, which if it sticks would be his second suspension in two years. He was suspended for three games to start the 2016 NFL season due to repeated violations of the NFL’s safety rules.

Bengals fans and NFL fans in general reacted very differently to the news, as you may expect. For the Bengals, this dramatically impacts the 2017 NFL season and the future of the team. Burfict is playing on the final year of his current contract and the Bengals were surely hoping he would stay out of trouble in a contract year to prove his value to the team and his ability to stay out of the news for the wrong reasons.

Below is a roundup of Bengals fan (and other civilized NFL fan) reactions to the news of Burfict’s suspension.

And, here’s a sampling from Facebook:

You know who’s happy about this? All of the Bengals’ opponents, including Ravens fans as the Bengals plays Baltimore in Week 1.

Here’s a Steelers fan who thinks the actions from Burfict do NOT warrant a suspension...

Unclear if this is related, but Dre Kirkpatrick loves you all...