San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson was ejected from Sunday’s game for punching Arizona receiver Early Doucet, and he has acknowledged — after having some time to cool down — that throwing a punch on the football field was not a wise move.
“It wasn’t a smart thing,” Goldson said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “It wasn’t a smart decision on my behalf. I kind of lost it. That’s just something I can’t do as a vet and as a leader on this football team. I expressed that to my football team yesterday and to my coaches and let them how I’m willing to accept my punishment whatever the case may be and it won’t happen again.”
The video of the incident appears to show Doucet actually throwing the first punch, which the officials didn’t see, and then Goldson exploding with several punches on Doucet, which the officials did see. Doucet, however, insists that it was Goldson who started it.
The FOX announcers working the game suggested that Goldson would be suspended for his actions, although NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Chronicle that a fine was more likely than a suspension.
“He was ejected from Sunday’s game. In effect, he was suspended for the rest of that game. Suspensions after an ejection are rare,” Aiello said.
But fines for both Goldson and Doucet are surely coming. And they’ll likely be expensive.