PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster joined The Fan Morning Show on Tuesday for his regular weekly spot with the guys, and during the interview, he discussed one of the many controversial incidents that occurred during Saturday’s heated playoff game – Vontaze Burfict allegedly spitting on Foster’s linemate David DeCastro.
DeCastro’s allegation was serious enough, but not particularly stunning considering Burfict’s history. However, according to Foster, Burfict was not the only Bengals player to spit on a Steelers player on Saturday.
“He wasn’t the only guy,” Foster said. “I will say that he had another culprit out there with him.”
Foster told the guys that he considers spitting to be an outlandish, egregious act.
“It’s uncommon,” Foster said. “And I think it’s a huge deal. Spitting on somebody is a huge offense. You take that as a sign of major disrespect. I don’t care what venue you’re in – basketball, football, hockey, or you’re at your neighborhood bar – spitting on somebody is unacceptable.”
Football may be an intense, rough-and-tumble game, but Foster doesn’t see that as validation for taking things to that level.
“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, anyway. We just play our ball, though. We have to be smarter than that.”
While there is technically no evidence that Burfict or any other Bengals player actually spit on a Steelers player, Foster thinks you have to take DeCastro’s allegation seriously considering the source.
“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. “And you have to feel for a guy that had that happen to him.”
While Foster admits that Saturday’s game was fun, he’s hoping that things get toned down a bit in this rivalry going forward.
“It can’t continue to be that way,” Foster said. “The guys that are playing on both sides have got to try to figure something out to where it’s got to be about the game of football, and not the extracurricular stuff, not the extra-verbal stuff. It’s a lot of stuff that [has gone] on, now, I’d say, in the last four or five times we’ve played that can’t continue to go on.”
The interview can be heard here: