Former NFL player arrested
Canadian Press – December 5, 2020 / 7:04 pm | Story: 318462
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File – This is a 2012 file photo of Vontez Barfiq of the Cincinnati Bengal NFL Football Team. Former NFL player Barfique was arrested on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Las Vegas. Court records indicate that Barfi was arrested on suspicion of abuse battery. (AP photo, file)
Linebacker Vontage Barfique, a former NFL player who received the toughest punishment in league history in 2019 for an on-field infarction, was arrested in Las Vegas on Saturday, according to court records.
Online records from the Las Vegas Justice Court say Barfi was arrested on a battery charge. The records did not list the defense attorney for Barfique, who could comment on his behalf on the charges.
The 30-year-old Barfi was released on his own recognizance, according to court records.
Police officers did not immediately receive a call from the Associated Press and the circumstances of the burff arrest were not immediately available.
On September 30, 2019, while playing Barfique for the Oakland Raiders, the NFL suspended him for hitting the Indianapolis Colts tight end helmet-to-helmet on Jack Doyle.
The league stated that Barfiq had “repeatedly violated the rules of unnecessary roughness” and rejected his appeal on suspension.
This is the third time Barfiq has been suspended for a dangerous hit on the field, leading to a fine.
Barfique has played in eight NFL seasons, seven of which were with Cincinnati Bengal. Bengal released Barfi in March 2019.
A native of Los Angeles, Barfique attended Arizona State University.