LAS VEGAS (AP/CBS13) — Former Oakland Raiders player Vontaze Burfict, a linebacker who in 2019 received the most severe punishment in league history for a helmet-to-helmet hit, was arrested Saturday in Las Vegas, according to court records.
Online records for Las Vegas Justice Court said Burfict was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge. The records did not list a defense attorney for Burfict who could comment on his behalf about the allegation.READ MORE: Inmate Who Walked Away From Minimum-Security El Dorado County Facility Recaptured
Burfict, 30, was released on his own recognizance, according to court records.
Burfict was playing for the Oakland Raiders when the NFL on Sept. 30, 2019, suspended him for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
The league cited “repeated violations of unnecessary roughness rules” by Burfict, and his appeal of the suspension was denied.READ MORE: Rally Held At County DA's Office Demanding Unedited Footage In Death Of Shayne Sutherland, Who Died In Custody Of Stockton Police
It was the third time Burfict had been suspended for a dangerous hit on the field to go along with several others that led to fines.
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Burfict played parts of eight NFL seasons, seven of which were with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals released Burfict in March 2019.MORE NEWS: Coroner Has Not Identified Passengers On Plane That Crashed In Truckee
A Los Angeles native, Burfict attended Arizona State University.