Yesterday’s ref-shoving meltdown will cost Harrison Smith, but only in dollars, not games.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Smith will be fined but not suspended, after he was ejected from the Vikings’ decisive win over the Titans.
Smith earned a 15-yard penalty and ejection after pushing back judge Steve Freeman to the side following an altercation with Titans wide receiver Nate Washington. Freeman was leading Smith away from the scrum, when Smith brushed him away.
“It wasn’t even a play so it was just stupid for me to be involved,” Smith said, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com. “I just got kind of caught up in the heat of the moment and at the end of the day you can never touch the officials.
“They have a hard enough job as it is and to make it harder on them is just stupid and is something I don’t ever want to do from this point on.”
Smith also gave up any chance to appeal, admitting he shouldn’t have done it.
“To be honest, I’m going to take whatever they give me,” Smith said. “The officials already have a hard job. I should never have been there. I just want to play next week and just help the Vikings win.”
He also apologized to both Freeman and his teammates, showing immediate contrition and accountability.
So as much as Smith’s behavior is unjustifiable, his reaction to it speaks well of his character, rather than trying to deny or shift the blame.