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Aug 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) warms up prior to a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

New England and suspended Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict finally have something in common: They both have strong feelings on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. And they are not pleasant.

Sitting with with The Athletic for an exclusive interview, the 29-year-old Burfict, who was suspended for the entire season for his Week 5 headshot on the Colts’ Jack Doyle, lit into Goodell for what he considered unfair treatment.

“I see other players make that same kind of play on a daily basis,” Burfict offered. “It was a witch hunt. They were watching everything I do. They watched 171 of my plays this year. Tell me if they watched 171 plays of that linebacker from the Chargers, what’s his name, Thomas Davis? Go witch hunt him.”

The interview is full of clip-worthy tidbits from Burfict, who has established an undeniable bad rap for himself in a career spent with the Bengals and Oakland, and it got obscene when it came to the hearing Burfict had for that hit on Doyle.

“I met Roger Goodell in New York and he was a total bitch,” Burfict told The Athletic. “He was a bitch. He didn’t let anybody speak, he rushed us in and out of the meeting. The meeting was bullshit. He already had the suspension in his hand.”

I’d bet real money somebody said this verbatim in regards to Tom Brady’s Deflategate ban.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.