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Vontaze Burfict believes some NFL games are ‘rigged’

Vontaze Burfict may be in the midst of serving another suspension, but the controversial Oakland Raiders linebacker is sure to generate some headlines around the NFL with an inflammatory accusation questioning the very integrity of the league.

Burfict has been out since receiving a suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle in Week 4 that lasts until the end of the season. Burfict has not been paying much attention to league action, though, as he apparently is turned off by that fact that when it comes to some NFL games, he believes the fix is in.

“I honestly think some of the games are rigged,” Burfict said during an interview with Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “The refs pick and choose when they want to throw their flags. There are flags on every play. The refs determine the outcomes of games, so I just chose not to watch it for the most part.”

Essentially in Burfict’s eyes, officials can determine the outcome of any game simply by deciding whether or not — or when — to call penalties. To say that’s a particularly egregious conspiracy theory would be an understatement.

That said, Burfict is not the first person to make the same kind of an outrageous claim about NFL and/or officiating, nor will he be the last. It’s simply stunning, however, that an individual whose own livelihood is dependent on returning to the NFL’s good graces, as it were, would offer up such a controversial take.

What’s more, Burfict’s checkered past, to put it mildly, makes him untouchable in the view of many NFL teams once his suspension ends. With his future with the Raiders in doubt being on only a one-year deal, one has to wonder if Burfict’s incendiary remarks will make him even more toxic to teams who may have had an interest once his suspension ends.