Stephen A. Smith: Vontaze Burfict Could ‘Get Got’ For Spitting On People
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals seemed to really embrace the "Wild" part of Saturday's AFC Wild-Card Game. Fights, ref-bumping, helmet-to-helmet hits, late hits, cheap shots and, as we now know, face spitting -- at least according to Steelers guard Ramon Foster.
"He wasn't the only guy," Foster said Tuesday on Pittsburgh sports talk radio about Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who was suspended on Monday for being a complete dick. "I will say that he had another culprit out there with him," he added.
"Spitting on somebody is unacceptable."
Yes. Yes, it is. Now that we've established that much, let's fast-forward to Wednesday morning's "First Take" ethics think tank, shall we?
Stephen A. Smith took Burfict's offense to an entirely differently level when he insinuated that Vontaze Burfict might get killed for his disrespectful actions on the field. Smith actually said this on television.
"You spit in somebody's face, let me tell y'all something, I know where you from, Ryan [Clark]. You know where I'm from. Skip, Oklahoma City -- you've been around. You know. Fatalities have happened because of that! Fatalities!"
Ok, so what? "Fatalities" have also happened because people accidentally step on each other's sneakers. That doesn't mean spitting in someone's face is any worse because there are shitty people out there who'll kill you for doing it. Why the hell is he saying this? Should we start worrying more about the possible repercussions of our actions as they pertain to the moral code of gangbangers?
Smith continued, issuing a warning to Mr. Burfict.
"The NFL, they got to watch this dude Burfict, man. Because let me tell you something, you can -- you can handle yourself, and I understand, but excuse me for being grammatically incorrect, but anybody can get got, if you understand what I'm saying. You got to watch yourself. You can't be doing stuff like that, because the NFL can control stuff in between the lines, but when you leave that football field and when you leave that stadium, anything can happen if somebody deems you to be an individual who crossed a line so flagrantly."
These are two entirely different issues. 1) Vontaze Burfict shouldn't spit in people's faces (or throw rocks or kick sand on the playground) because it's wrong -- not to save himself from some sort of vigilante street justice. 2) People shouldn't kill other people. Full stop.
The bottomline is that you punish players for being unsportsmanlike -- not out of fear that crazy people will use it as an excuse to do horrible things.
The full rant, below...
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