Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell blasted Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for kicking Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix during a game. Bell called on the NFL to bar Burfict from playing for the infraction (video below).
On Oct. 22, Burfict kicked Nix following a play in Pittsburgh's 29-14 win over Cincinnati. While Burfict was lying on his back after a pileup, footage shows him forcefully kicking his feet against Nix's helmet. The fullback was not injured and game officials did not call a foul at the time.
On Oct. 23, Bell took to Twitter to share a GIF, or a moving image, of Burfict striking Nix, asserting that the linebacker should be kicked out of the league.
"Dude gotta go, man," Bell tweeted out. "That's not football at all."
Bell added that he believes Nix would have suffered consequences if he had retaliated against the kick.
"It unbelievable the league is just condoning this activity," Bell tweeted. "But if Rosie reacts, Rosie would be the one that would get into trouble."
That same day, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport disclosed on social media that Burfict's kick might be met with disciplinary action from league officials but that he would not be suspended for the physical contact.
"[Bengals] LB Vontaze Burfict's apparent kick from his back to be reviewed for discipline in the standard process, source said," Rapoport tweeted out. "No suspension."
Following the Steelers-Bengals game, Bell asserted during a press conference that Burfict had kicked Nix intentionally.
"My fullback got kicked in the face," Bell said, according to CBS Sports. "That's just not football to me. I don't think that's a respectable play. For me, I just like to play respectable football. Whether you play tough or whatever it is, within the play, it is all fine. After the play, unnecessary things, trying to hurt people, I don't like that."
Burfict has a history of questionable conduct on the field, particularly against the Steelers. The linebacker was suspended for three games during the 2016 season for illegally hitting Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown during a game. He was also suspended for the first three games of the 2017 season for an illegal hit to Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman during a preseason game.
Nix appeared to be unfazed during a press conference after being struck by Burfict.
"I just play the game man," Nix said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "You know, I guess stuff like that happens. ... There's no point harming the team or retaliating or anything like that."