Tuesday January 12th, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster claims that multiple Cincinnati Bengals players spit on his teammates during Saturday’s wild-card game.

Steelers guard David DeCastro said Monday that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict spit on him during the game. Burfict has a history of controversial playing, and was suspended Monday for the first three games of next season for “repeated violations of safety-related playing rules.”

In interview on The Fan Morning Show, Foster said that Burfict was not alone in his actions.

“He wasn’t the only guy,” Foster said. “I will say that he had another culprit out there with him.”

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Foster went on to say that he feels that spitting on another individual is a “huge offense.”

“You take that as a sign of major disrespect,” Foster said. “I don’t care what venue you’re in—basketball, football, hockey, or you’re at your neighborhood bar—spitting on somebody is unacceptable.”

Although there is no evidence of the spitting allegations, Foster believes DeCastro’s claim.

“For somebody like DeCastro, who’s a guy that doesn’t say a whole lot, to kind of speak out about it, I think you have to believe him,” Foster said.

Foster also added that, despite the extreme nature of football, the field is no place for spitting.

“The sport of football wasn’t designed for that,” Foster said. “Is it a gruesome game? Is there a thin line between, you know, going over the top and playing the right way? Yeah, it is, but you have to understand that you have to be smart enough to realize that you can’t do those things on the football field, and especially in a prime-time game like that, and against some guys you’re going to see at least twice a year.”

The Steelers defeated the Bengals, 18–16, and will advance to play the Denver Broncos in the divisional round on Sunday.

- Xandria James

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