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Harrison Smith ejected for shoving official

San Francisco 49ers Davis catches pass over Minnesota Vikings Sanford and Smith during second half of their NFL football game in Minneapolis Reuters

As the Vikings try to move their record to 4-1, they’ll have to do it without their second first-round pick from the 2012 draft.

Safety Harrison Smith has been ejected for shoving an official who was pushing Smith away from a Titans player following an Antoine Winfield interception.

Three years ago, Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected for contact with an official and then fined $25,000.  Two weeks ago, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing an official’s arm.

Smith was fined $21,000 for a shoulder-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player in the preseason.

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27 Responses to “Harrison Smith ejected for shoving official”
  1. brewdogg says: Oct 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    If an official pushes me ten yards down field, I’ll try to shrug him off too.

  2. chesslungo says: Oct 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    Towards the end of the Cle/Nyg game an official tried to square up with a brown named Fort. I would punch a ref if they touched me

  3. jmsincla says: Oct 7, 2012 5:37 PM

    Smith is a Notre Dame grad, not surprised. #classless

  4. francheyes says: Oct 7, 2012 5:38 PM

    Those zebras spook easy

  5. skeetys says: Oct 7, 2012 5:39 PM

    bs call

  6. jgrange08 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:41 PM

    Have a nice vacation smith, be sure to enjoy your time off next week

  7. defscottyb says: Oct 7, 2012 5:43 PM

    A one game suspension is in order.

  8. atfinch1984 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    You should be able to push refs. I’m gonna go push one right now.

  9. atfinch1984 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:35 PM

    I did it. I pushed a ref like I said I would. He said, “Who are you and what are you doing?”

    If they all have attitudes like that, ref-pushing should be mandatory.

  10. jimw81 says: Oct 7, 2012 6:54 PM

    i guess the love for the regular refs is officially over.

  11. thelionsrgreat says: Oct 7, 2012 6:58 PM

    Should be suspended for 4 games. Obviously he is on the roids.

  12. melikefootball says: Oct 7, 2012 7:19 PM

    Watching todays GAMES the zebras got flag happy to make up for first three weeks. To bad they can’t be injected when they do wrong.

  13. rallen69 says: Oct 7, 2012 8:03 PM

    There is no way that he is suspended for this! He was getting shoved and backed up by the official and he put his hands up to stop and he walked off to the side and the ref. got in his way and it just looked like he shoved him.

  14. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Oct 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    A proud ND alum.

  15. vikingsgohard says: Oct 7, 2012 9:01 PM

    thelionsrgreat what a poor sport you are sir …one wining season an you lions fan get mighty full o yourselves don’t you ….back to the bottom lol

  16. kameans says: Oct 7, 2012 9:14 PM

    I thought the official was being overly aggressive. Smith was wrong for shoving butit is over and done with.

  17. zn0rseman says: Oct 7, 2012 9:20 PM

    Unlike some of the fools commenting in here, I actually saw it happen and watched it a couple of times.

    Smith did not “shove” an official. He shrugged off an official who was shoving him.

    What happened was that after Winfield’s interception, Nate Washington jumped up and got into a couple of Vikings players faces, Smith being one of them. For no apparent reason, one official ran in and started shoving Smith. Smith back peddled for about ten yards and finally shrugged his shoulders, dislodging the grip the official had on him. Then the official, who was completely ignoring Nate Washington who was now aggressively shoving a different Viking player, made the ‘outta here’ motion with his hand.

    It was seriously like that official targeted Smith. If an official (competely without cause) had shoved me for ten yards down the field during playing days, I would have done a lot more than shrug him off.

  18. pappavike says: Oct 7, 2012 9:25 PM

    I’m a true Vikings fan! but the ref’s got it right!! Even though Smith didn’t throw a punch (Like the anouncers said) He should not have touched the ref’s! Not quite sure how it’s gonna playout with the NFL! Suspension wise! a fine is in order for sure! My opion, Heavy fine no suspension!! My opion = hill of beans!! Good game Vikes keep the pedal down!!

  19. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:58 PM

    Barely made any sense as he barely touched the ref, great hit on third down earlier, this rookie is the real deal at safety. Get back out on the field next Sunday and nobody will care. I hope he gets a pick-6 soon.

    Best safety since Paul Krause. Also, #22

  20. pack13queens0 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:22 PM

    I think the NFL needs to send a message and suspend him. Vikings are by far the dirtiest team in the NFL. 4 games minimum, there was no excuse for what he did.

  21. amaf21 says: Oct 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    Guess someone forgot to tell this the that these aren’t replacement refs anymore. You’re in the big leagues now son.

  22. foofeiter says: Oct 7, 2012 11:11 PM

    “Best safety since Paul Krause. Also, #22″

    I guess you never saw Joey Browner play.

  23. footballchic777 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:37 AM

    So…we ask again, why was Big Bill not given a one game suspension, since the coaches are supposed to be held to an even higher standard?

  24. pappavike says: Oct 8, 2012 1:13 AM

    Barely hit the official is still contact, And no players are allowed to touch the officials period. Smith is the best safety the Vikes have had for quite some time, Krause & Browner were outstanding players the caliber the Vikes have been missing until now!! Say can anyone tell me why the Vikes Titans game started at 3;25 And not at noon? When they were playing at home!

  25. atfinch1984 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:24 AM

    Push him so he falls over and when he gets up, push him again. If all else fails, push another ref. Make it clear that you are strong and they are weak.

  26. dkphilly1122 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    It’s great how the Lions and Packer fans comment on this. Your teams suck that much that you are taking it out on the Vikes?? Poor sports. Go worry about your team and what they need to do to win.

  27. furedmccombs says: Oct 8, 2012 12:39 PM

    pappavike says:
    Oct 8, 2012 1:13 AM
    Barely hit the official is still contact, And no players are allowed to touch the officials period. Smith is the best safety the Vikes have had for quite some time, Krause & Browner were outstanding players the caliber the Vikes have been missing until now!! Say can anyone tell me why the Vikes Titans game started at 3;25 And not at noon? When they were playing at home!

    There was the Twin Cities Marathon. The game was initially scheduled to start at noon, but they pushed it back because there would have been issues.

    As for the “push” he didn’t even know it was a ref. If you actually watch it, his head is facing the other direction, and he was being bumped by multiple Titans. He deserved the penalty, because ignorance isn’t a defense, but he doesn’t deserve to be suspended.

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