Former Bengals, Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict arrested, charged with battery

Vontaze Burfict arrested
Aug 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran NFL linebacker Vontaze Burfict was arrested in Nevada on a battery charge early Saturday morning. Burfict, 30, last played for the Raiders in 2019 for four games before serving a suspension the rest of that season.

Vontaze Burfict arrested: Hearing slated for Monday

Although scant details have surfaced about Burfict’s run-in with the law, ESPN.com’s report indicated that Burfict will have a hearing about his misdemeanor charge that’s scheduled for Monday, and that Burfict is being held on a $1,000 bond.

More details to come as updates about Burfict’s arrest and case arrive.

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Vontaze Burfict stats, checkered past as NFL linebacker

Vontaze Burfict arrested: End of NFL career likely
Nov 18, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) speaks with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead IV (83) after the play during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Burfict has a long list of dirty plays and vicious hits that have seriously injured opponents. He’s served multiple suspensions since joining the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Character concerns were a primary reason for Burfict not being chosen in the draft, but he quickly established himself as a viable NFL player, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2013. That year, he racked up a whopping 171 combined tackles. For his career, Burfict has 622 total stops, 8.5 sacks, five interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Unfortunately, with that production comes serious baggage and outright malicious intent in too many instances, which has resulted in a disturbing pattern of behavior and even resulted in a brutal retaliation Burfict was on the wrong end of. These unsavory tactics Burfict consistently deployed ultimately cost him about $5 million in fines and game checks.

Despite the long list of incidents in which his behavior was despicable, the Raiders took a chance on Burfict before last season. He rewarded them by appearing in four contests before a hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle that got him ejected. That play may well be the last down he ever plays in the NFL.

While it remains to be seen how this legal situation plays out, Burfict’s arrest adds another footnote to his already-tarnished legacy.