"The refs, they come up to me, talking to me disrespectfully, wanting me to curse back at them, but me cursing back at them isn't going to help me," he said. "I'm not going to get a flag in my favor next time around, but that's the way they handle business, I guess. I told Coach I'm just going to try to stay out of the refs' way."
The 27-year-old defender, who owns an extensive history of suspensions and fines for on-field conduct related to player safety, added he was "raised to defend myself always" and doesn't think it's fair officials can make repeated contact with him after a play:
"I still think they shouldn't be allowed to touch us if we can't even touch them, not even in a physical way. The thing about it is the game of football is physical, and in the heat of the moment, when a guy is talking s--- to you and you are getting pushed after the play and the ref comes up and puts his arm on you like you are the one that started something or pushed somebody first, every time that happens it kind of gets old. You know you're not the one that started it and the ref comes up to you, it gets old."
Burfict exited the Bengals' 24-20 loss to the Titans after making contact with down judge Jeff Bergman, which resulted in his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of the contest and an automatic ejection.
"He has to understand," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters. "I've pointed it out. In those situations, everybody's over there, and you just can't push back. Sometimes, which happens, you push back and it's the official, you can't do that. He knows better. We pay a price. We pay a price because he hurts us when it's on the field that way and then he's not on the field. So, both ways."
The NFL has yet to announce any further discipline for the linebacker as a result of the incident.
Cincinnati is set to play its third consecutive game away from home Sunday when it travels to face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.