Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict responded to Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell's tweet about him that said "dude's gotta do."
In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, here's what Burfict had to say:
“I don’t worry about it,” Burfict says. “People that are still talking after the game, and they won. Congratulations to them. Obviously, you must be scared of me. I think Le’Veon said something on Twitter still talking about the game. I don’t really pay attention to it. My brother had actually called me and told me, ‘Did you hear what Le’Veon said? And I’m like, ‘Nah, what’d he’d say?’ ‘He was saying something about you need to get out of the NFL. Or something like that.’ I said, ‘Man, I’m not worried about that.’ He’s just saying that, obviously, because he got hurt on two incidences of dealing with me. Both tackles were clean. One time he tried to still go for yards and the safety hit him and knees got tangled up. That’s football. He’s a great player, but I don’t listen to what other players say about me around the league. It doesn’t bother me. Because I know who I am.”
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, let's not forget that Bell and Burfict have history. "Burfict was in on the hit that dealt Bell. And no, that specific hit wasn’t especially dirty. It was a football play that had a bad result for Bell.
"That being said, kicking another player after a play is about as dirty as it gets. And that’s not just a provincial opinion. Thea little more than $12,000 for the stunt Bell was referencing with his tweet," wrote the Post.
"Beyond that, Burfict’s dirty hits have twice resulted in suspensions, one of those coming after he concussed Steelers receiver Antonio Brown with a headshot at the end of a playoff game two years ago. And this summer, he even put a low hit on a teammate that drew the ire of people in his own locker room."