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Justin Smith ejected for shoving official

Dexter McCluster

After the 49ers took three points off the board and then failed in their attempt to score seven, the San Fran defense took the field.

And one of their key players let his emotions get the better of him.

Defensive end Justin Smith shoved an official after getting into a pushing match with a member the San Diego offense.  Smith promptly was disqualified from the game.  Though NFLN’s Matt Millen was amazed by the outcome, the rule is clear.  If a player shoves an official, he’s ejected.

Niners fans will argue that the official shoved Smith first.  But the official was trying to break up the potential fight, and a player when being shoved away from a potential fight by an official can’t shove back.

Well, the player can.  If he’s willing to call it a night.

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55 Responses to “Justin Smith ejected for shoving official”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 16, 2010 9:47 PM

    Why can Millen comment on ANYTHING? He always seems “amazed” by outcomes when calling a game. I guess that’s why he was the worst GM in HISTORY. I liked watching him play for the 49ers and Skins, but he has stolen EVERY paycheck since. It’s almost enough to turn the TV off when he’s calling a game. He makes me want to puke.

  2. daveomcd says: Dec 16, 2010 9:48 PM

    Maybe they’ll eject Matt Millen too.

  3. rjsjr says: Dec 16, 2010 9:49 PM

    There can’t be a worse broadcasting team in the history of football, high school, college or professional than Theismann, Millen and Papa. I don’t even mind Papa, it’s just that Theismann and Millen are so consistently stupid that I can’t watch these games unless they are on mute.

    If I actually knew someone who was a novice to the game, I would advise them to turn off this game in fear of them actually losing any grasp of what football really is.

    Whatever they are paying Papa, it’s not enough for having to work with these two glue sniffers.

  4. jjackwagon says: Dec 16, 2010 9:51 PM

    Nice to see the officials handing the game to the Chokers.
    First they call back and obvious 9er TD then they throw Smith out
    Now a late hit penalty when the defender was already into the tackle before the Choker Rcvr stepped out.

  5. bradgaines11 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:02 PM

    There is absolutely NO WAY that you can eject Smith for what he did in that situation. If you actually were watching the game then you would clearly see that Smith was being shoved forcefully by that ref in the chest while he was trying to walk back towards the huddle and all he did was brush the refs arm off his chest to begin with.

    Since when does the definition of shove equal Smith’s actions?

    What a joke. This officiating crew looks pretty terrible, especially if you add in that miserable unnecessary roughness call for that hit “out of bounds.”

  6. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 16, 2010 10:04 PM

    That’s supposed to be an automatic 100,000 fine. Lets see if Goodell keeps his word. Probably not. He’ll probably fine James Harrison for the Smith Ref Shove.

  7. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2010 10:06 PM

    That was excessive, throwing him out of the game.

    I mean, really.

  8. gigity says: Dec 16, 2010 10:07 PM

    Smells like the NFL wants the Chargers in the Playoffs.

  9. igottz5onit says: Dec 16, 2010 10:08 PM

    Can’t shove an official, just ask Orlando Brown.

  10. abengalfan says: Dec 16, 2010 10:08 PM

    Millen said what an impact the toss is for SF.
    Not sure I agree he said he was amazed Smith got tossed for the bump, but I don’t have the DVR going to go back and check.
    Smith deserved to get the toss, but it was an inadvertant bump of the ref. He did not realize it was the ref pushing him back.

  11. melikefootball says: Dec 16, 2010 10:14 PM

    From Tv land looked pretty cheap call, look on refs face he had to show his power, throwing the flag. The booth as well as the round table pregame , all get old quick.

  12. superfbfan says: Dec 16, 2010 10:14 PM

    Matt Millen is an idiot and makes the most moronic comments…its kinda hilarious! Its easy to see how and why Millen destroyed Detroit.

  13. coltsatc says: Dec 16, 2010 10:22 PM

    Smiths knee was down, that’s what was obvious.

  14. litemater95 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:30 PM

    Thank the stars I am stuck with Time Warner Cable, so I cant get the NFL Network to listen to Millen….

  15. snake11s says: Dec 16, 2010 10:31 PM

    This drives me crazy as the game is so geared to giving the offense the advantage.
    How many stiff arms have we seen tonight?
    And they are stiff arms to the face mask of the defender.
    Why is this not a foul/penalty?
    If a defender comes near the head area of an offensive player he is flagged.
    What is the difference as to which side has the ball?
    Hands to the face should be hands to the face.
    The offense gets all the advantage with the current rules.
    Some of us still like an old school defensive battle.

  16. jdmcmill says: Dec 16, 2010 10:34 PM

    @rjsjr

    That crew that did the Sunday night games on ESPN was really bad too! My time worst! Theisman, Patrick, and ????….”Are you kidding me?!”

  17. nogoodell says: Dec 16, 2010 10:35 PM

    only interesting thing about this game

  18. snake11s says: Dec 16, 2010 10:35 PM

    Yeah and Matt Millen is a douche, good ex-player but has no place as an analyst or anything higher.
    It’s like listening to Ryan Leaf critique Peyton Manning.
    No credibility.

  19. jhevener says: Dec 16, 2010 10:35 PM

    Why did they list Cromartie in the starting lineup for the Chargers??? He has been with the Jets for the whole season…

  20. sdchargers25 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:36 PM

    Why the hell is Matt Millen an announcer. dude was the worst GM ever. 0-16. enough said

  21. pdxbolt says: Dec 16, 2010 10:42 PM

    @rjsjr….that was the funniest comment I think I’ve ever read on PFT.

    Well done sir.

  22. jusford says: Dec 16, 2010 10:45 PM

    Lousy officiating + poor announcers= changed channel

  23. 8man says: Dec 16, 2010 10:46 PM

    Is it me, or are the Chargers and Colts getting ready to, or in the process of, making that late season run to get into the playoffs.

    It is hard to bet against Manning and Rivers. Seriously, if it were NYJ, Balt., Indy, SD, Pitt and NE would it surprise anyone?

    Nothing against Jacksonville or KC, but I’ve got a feeling that they aren’t going to be in the playoff mix when it all ends.

  24. norcaleagles says: Dec 16, 2010 10:47 PM

    The word “shoving” may be a bit of a stretch, dont you think?? It looked like Smith merely scooted him aside. And I dont think the refs should be able to be confrontational towards the players either.

  25. commonspence says: Dec 16, 2010 10:52 PM

    Papa’s overuse of the phrase “working in space” is enough to drive me nutz.

  26. spk1997 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:54 PM

    Millen and Theisman must go. Is there a worse team calling NFL games?

  27. Deb says: Dec 16, 2010 11:10 PM

    DVR’d so I’m a little behind … why are Santa and the cheerleaders in the end zone?

    What Smith did, by rule, is an automatic ejection. But can’t blame him for swatting at the guy. Ump was being a jerk. League has to do something about these officials.

    @8man …

    If you’d asked a couple of weeks ago, no. But now I’m not sure what’s going on with the Jets. Think Jax could get there.

  28. rjsjr says: Dec 16, 2010 11:23 PM

    Why thank ya pdxbolt!

  29. igottz5onit says: Dec 16, 2010 11:28 PM

    Well done rjsjr

  30. joepags says: Dec 16, 2010 11:34 PM

    how and why does millen even remotely have a job with anything to do with the NFL??!?!? this guy is a clown and a joke!! i mute when he even starts talking, he sucks and i wish steve young would have punched him in the mouth a few weeks back!!

  31. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 16, 2010 11:36 PM

    For me it’s a toss up between Matt Millen and Cris Collinsworth

  32. demolition510 says: Dec 16, 2010 11:46 PM

    I don’t think Smith even realized who it was he shoved.

  33. gigity says: Dec 17, 2010 12:44 AM

    Gus Johnson should announce every game. I loves me some screaming.

  34. contraryguy says: Dec 17, 2010 12:45 AM

    poor Justin… spent 7 years on the Bengals and even after a change of scenery one night on the field he realizes he’s still on a crappy azz team. No wonder he’s frustrated!

    As for Millen, NFL please cut him loose… he should get a job commenting on Antique Roadshow… lots of broken pottery will result but the soundbites will be priceless anyway.

  35. natelan says: Dec 17, 2010 12:45 AM

    A) My Chargers thank you for making the game that much easier for us.

    B) We still would have won without the ejection.

    C) Matt Millen is about as good a commentator as he was a GM for the Lions.

  36. riverhorsey says: Dec 17, 2010 1:03 AM

    #
    joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2010 10:06 PM

    That was excessive, throwing him out of the game.

    I mean, really.

    agree…the ref inserting himself into the heat of the moment was rediculous.

    the game meant a lot to the niners. just throw the flag

  37. childressrulz says: Dec 17, 2010 1:54 AM

    Millen is terrible. I agree that laying a hand on the official should result in auto ejection. However Smith should have made it count and knocked that old wrinkly balled dusty fart straight on his can.

  38. patpatriotagain says: Dec 17, 2010 1:56 AM

    Denial is an awful thing
    #1 – an o-lineman isn’t the difference in a 34-7 beatdown

    #2 the ref had just walked in front of him, he knew who shoved him.

    #3 there was nothing ‘accidental’ about the shove

  39. chuckie1904 says: Dec 17, 2010 3:49 AM

    nice to see jjackwagon on his moms computer again..too bad the faiders arent relevant anymore hahahaa

  40. savocabol1 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:11 AM

    I’ve actually seen this a lot from the refs when they are trying to break up fights. Funny how the refs can shove players, but if the players lay a finger on the refs they get ejected. I get it though, these players are 5 times the size of the refs.

  41. apopnj says: Dec 17, 2010 8:27 AM

    I wonder how matt millen is still announcing. I would like to see the pics he has. ;-)

  42. bleedgreen says: Dec 17, 2010 8:41 AM

    savocabol1 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:11 AM

    I get it though, these players are 5 times the size of the refs.

    ————-

    Why don’t they hire ex-players to be refs? And give them the ability to fight back. I’d pay to see that. Throw a flag, player gets pissed and shoves the ref, ref dawk-plexes the player. That would put an end to players touching the refs real quick.

  43. griblets says: Dec 17, 2010 8:42 AM

    @bradgaines11
    [i]There is absolutely NO WAY that you can eject Smith for what he did in that situation. [/i]

    Unfortunately, by rule, he should be ejected. You can’t touch an official. The article is misleading. I wouldn’t characterize what J. Smith did as a shove.

    @igottz5onit says
    [i]Can’t shove an official, just ask Orlando Brown.[/i]

    Um, what Orlando Brown did was shoving. What J. Smith did was remove the ump’s arm from his chest. Big difference.

    @norcaleagles
    [i]The word “shoving” may be a bit of a stretch, dont you think?? It looked like Smith merely scooted him aside. And I dont think the refs should be able to be confrontational towards the players either.[/i]

    Nail on the head. The only shoving being done was by the ump. His action caused a natural reaction. Let someone shove you in the chest and see how you react.

    @Deb says
    [i]What Smith did, by rule, is an automatic ejection. But can’t blame him for swatting at the guy. Ump was being a jerk.[/i]

    Jerk, maybe. Over aggressive, definitely.

    @savocabol1
    [i]I’ve actually seen this a lot from the refs when they are trying to break up fights. Funny how the refs can shove players, but if the players lay a finger on the refs they get ejected. I get it though, these players are 5 times the size of the refs.[/i]

    That’s the problem…the ump should not have shoved Smith. But yes, by rule, Smith should have been ejected.

    Maybe the head of officiating should review when it is appropriate for an official to remove a player from a situation by force.

  44. realitypolice says: Dec 17, 2010 9:16 AM

    sarahpalinhater says:
    Dec 16, 2010 10:04 PM
    That’s supposed to be an automatic 100,000 fine. Lets see if Goodell keeps his word. Probably not. He’ll probably fine James Harrison for the Smith Ref Shove.
    =======================

    You made that up. There is no automatic 100k fine for anything.

    Prove it.

    And for all of the people saying the refs “fixed” the game- you’re right, it’s obvious that without those couple of calls, the niners would have won that game THAT THEY LOST BY 27 POINTS.

  45. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 17, 2010 9:32 AM

    savocabol1 says:
    Dec 17, 2010 8:11 AM
    I’ve actually seen this a lot from the refs when they are trying to break up fights. Funny how the refs can shove players, but if the players lay a finger on the refs they get ejected. I get it though, these players are 5 times the size of the refs.
    ___________________________________

    I officiate HS and college football, and I work the same position at umpire…the guy that tossed Smith. Part of your job in there is to keep guys from starting stuff after each play and tell them to knock it off and play football. Quite often, you are forced to intevene like they did last night. Say what you want about what went down, you draw a line a Smith crossed it. His comment after the game that he didn’t realize it was an official speaks volumes…..then you shouldn’t be shoving people after the whistle, dumb ass. They can either try to split hairs with this stuff or get over the top and really clean it up and throw flags all stinking night. Something I’m sure you same dandies would cry about too. The refs don’t purposely shove the players, they try to seperate them. Every single Sunday would turn into West Side story if they didn’t do that on almost every play….because these overpaid clowns can’t stop the trash talking and it leads to confrontations after almost every whistle.

    I’ll also add that the same guys here that sit and criticize the refs in this situation are also the same ones that think you could realistically do a better job than your team’s current GM, or could throw a better out route to the WR’s…..classic stuff.

    If you don’t like the rules, the refs, or the whole package….then go watch soccer.

    Watch the video (link below) where he’s putting the whole left arm bar on the ump shoving him out of the way….and tell me he didn’t know it was an official. That’s BS…and he’s covering his ass in trying to keep his upcoming fine a bit lower.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2010/12/16/1881380/justin-smith-ejection-video-referee-garth-defelice-overreacting-again

  46. awdlmd says: Dec 17, 2010 9:36 AM

    It’s a good rule and it was correctly applied. There can’t be even the appearance of players physically intimidating the refs. Smith’s shove wasn’t intentional but it was careless.

    The fact that the announcers didn’t immediately know it would be an ejection was pretty pathetic.

  47. easyeddie says: Dec 17, 2010 9:52 AM

    patpatriotagain says:
    Dec 17, 2010 1:56 AM
    Denial is an awful thing
    #1 – an o-lineman isn’t the difference in a 34-7 beatdown

    #2 the ref had just walked in front of him, he knew who shoved him.

    #3 there was nothing ‘accidental’ about the shove

    You’re right, the “shove” wasn’t the difference. But it was hardly a shove, more of knocking his arm out of the way A lot of folks are making it sound as if he put his hands on the ref’s chest and shoved him full force.

  48. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Dec 17, 2010 10:07 AM

    sarahpalinhater says:
    Dec 16, 2010 10:04 PM
    That’s supposed to be an automatic 100,000 fine. Lets see if Goodell keeps his word. Probably not. He’ll probably fine James Harrison for the Smith Ref Shove.
    —————————————————————

    Stuff like this makes me hope Goodell comes out and flat out says he will make sure the Steelers never win a game.

    Just so people like you sound like less of a retard and stop using these posts as evidence of being eligible for your disability check.

  49. mrscrotsmcgoats says: Dec 17, 2010 10:18 AM

    1st off I’m a Lions fan so I don’t have a dog in this fight. If you watch the replay here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7RDNBAgdBk
    You’ll see the official who gets shoved (#53) uses way more force than is necessary. Smith brushes his hand away (calling it a shove makes it sound like what Orlando Brown did a few years back). After he gets his hand brushed away ref #53 loses it for a second and comes after Smith. Ref #45 realizes this and actually intervenes between the two. Say what you want about Smith’s “shove”, but these refs need to be held acountable also. In this ever-more-pansy NFL the refs seem to think they are more important than the players. Can anyone else remember a year that has has so much referee B.S.? The league needs to do something cause it’s getting out of control.

  50. johnnyu19 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:51 AM

    tried to post a comment earlier but for some reason it didn’t take

    my rulebook – 2008 version – does NOT state that pushing an official is an automatic disqualification. Can someone please provide chapter and verse where the rulebook states automatic disqualification?

  51. terrorhawk2 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:55 AM

    why were they so surprised when they took the field goal off and went for 7? anyone would have done that! gee a fresh set of down in the red zone. no brainer.

    the stuff on 4th and inches was the dumb call. i want to like singletary for his colorful coaching style, but he suuuucks. and i know sucky coaches. im from detroit

  52. dragonfly99 says: Dec 17, 2010 11:39 AM

    Why is that clown Millen even a network commentator? You would think if the NFL Network wanted to become a legitimate sports network they would hire some decent analysts. The network should be embarassed just having him on the air. Somebody please tell them there are more qualified people out there and hopefully we won’t see him next year.

  53. cliverush says: Dec 17, 2010 2:29 PM

    If a cop tells you to get back and you lay a hand on him, you are going to jail or a least to the back of the cruiser. Same in football. Order must be maintained. Millen was giving advice to High School players during the game. Shouln’t this be illegal?

  54. Deb says: Dec 17, 2010 2:33 PM

    You would think if the NFL Network wanted to become a legitimate sports network, they would work out an agreement with Time Warner and ensure their programming was available to the largest possible market. More of Goodell’s short-sightedness.

  55. welcometothemachine16 says: Dec 17, 2010 5:54 PM

    This is becoming a problem in just about every league. To me referees/umpires have to much power and they don’t know what to do with it. Seriously kicking Justin Smith out for that I would understand if Smith pushed him down. Referees seem to me were the kids in school that weren’t good at sports but still wanted to be apart of sports. They don’t take in to account the emotional part of the game because they never done it. That being said the niners would have still lost. There offense couldn’t of moved the ball against a college team last night. Their biggest problem is not having a good offensive minded person there that can draw plays up that can work or make player changes. Nothing against Brian Westbrook but I would have started Dixon. San Diego is a big defense and you need someone that can run over people. And how do you not get Davis the ball, you know he is only the best offensive player the niners have. Also, I am tired of the announcers trying to explain why Alex Smith hasn’t been successful in the league. I can tell you why he is inaccurate and can see how plays are going to unfold. Every pass he made was high. Then don’t give me the excuse will hes had six different coordinators. That went out the window when first year QBs started doing good out the gate. Then they still talk about how his best year was under Norv Turner. Already in his first year Sam Bradford is having a better year than Smith had under Norv.

    P.S.-I am a Niner fan and the worst part about the game was having to listen to joe theismann. When I hear the voices of Theismann, jaworski, or collinsworth it makes me want to blow my brains out.

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