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League doesn’t fine Harrison Smith

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Last month, Pats coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing an official by the arm after a game.  Now, Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been fined nothing for shoving an official during a game.

The league office tells PFT that Smith, who was ejected from the game, won’t be fined.

No reasoning has been provided, but the NFL apparently has accepted Smith’s explanation that he didn’t realize he was shoving an official.  But that’s an excuse any player can use.

Regardless of the basis for the decision, the failure to fine Smith undermines the notion that officials are untouchable.

In 2009, Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected for making contact with an official while protesting a call — and Stokley was fined $25,000.

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24 Responses to “League doesn’t fine Harrison Smith”
  1. cletusvandam says: Oct 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    Guys get fined for wearing the wrong socks or having untucked jerseys, but shoving an officail? Nothing.

  2. mediasloppy says: Oct 12, 2012 3:20 PM

    More than likely they watched the tape and saw he hardly touched the ref. In fact the ref made contact the entire time by pushing Smith 10 yards from the play.

  3. lamborginipercy12 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:24 PM

    Perhaps the NFL took note of the official randomly pulling him out of a group of players by his neck.

    Maybe they were rewarding the first contrite words out of a players mouth in years.

    Interesting regardless. This guy might be one of the more under appreciated players in the league so far this year. He’s bringing back an old school style of play at safety. I’d argue few safeties in the league bring the wood like he does.

  4. robert831 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:27 PM

    Good! The ref clearly initiates the contact and he apologized immediately.

  5. onbucky96 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:35 PM

    See Godell haters, if you present a REASONABLE defense and not lawyer up, good things will happen.

  6. fijabbersman345 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:37 PM

    cletusvandam says:Oct 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    Guys get fined for wearing the wrong socks or having untucked jerseys, but shoving an officail? Nothing.

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    Did you watch the play? Ref had his hands in the neck/face area of Smith and had drove him 8 yards before Smith shucked him to the side. NOT shoved, in the sense that he grabbed him and pushed him. While it was a stupid move to touch the ref at all, getting suspended for 41 minutes was clearly enough of a punishment for a debatable ejection. They should really considering ejecting players for halves.

  7. spartan822 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:37 PM

    This confirms that the ref was being too aggressive.

  8. fringetastic says: Oct 12, 2012 3:46 PM

    Let’s see… Smith apologized immediately to the ref and then publicly, saying he did wrong and expected to be punished.

    Belichick said the opposite.

    I guess sincere contrition matters.

  9. opinion157983 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:47 PM

    I think they are still untouchable. No one wants to get thrown out of a game.

  10. antalicus says: Oct 12, 2012 4:02 PM

    If you watched the game you would know Roger Goodell was at the game in the crowd, so im sure he got a good view of what happened.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 12, 2012 4:11 PM

    I think you owe Paul Allen some money.

  12. tremoluxman says: Oct 12, 2012 4:15 PM

    He got bounced for 3/4ths of the game. That’s nearly a one game suspension right there. Smith looked like he was merely trying to disengage from the Ref. It’s not the same as Belichick, who ran after the official when the game was over and tried to grab him.

  13. mancave001 says: Oct 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    It seems to me the league definitely bought his explanation that he didn’t know he was shoving an official. I don’t have any problem with the lack of fine based on the circumstances.

  14. fargovikesfan says: Oct 12, 2012 5:19 PM

    Nice job of lawyering the wager you made with Paul Allen the other day Mike. You bet him the amount of the fine that he’d be fined by the league. You lost the bet, but didn’t lose any money.

  15. zn0rseman says: Oct 12, 2012 5:28 PM

    He didnt shove an official, he shrugged one off who was aggressively shoving him.

    Frankly, I think the reason there was no fine is because the official was out of line. It will be interesting to see if Smith is further targeted by the officials this season.

  16. realfann says: Oct 12, 2012 5:30 PM

    And Atlanta head coach Mike Smith was fined nothing for grabbing an official two weeks ago.

    And Bill Bellichek gets fined nothing for his weekly spewing of obscenities toward the referees every Sunday. Not at all hard to lip read on TV.

    Wake up Roger. Wield the hammer.

  17. purpleguy says: Oct 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    Good news, but if this had been a Saint, I wonder if he would have been put on double secret probation and forced to atttend Lord Favre’s high school football practices.

  18. antneejay2 says: Oct 12, 2012 7:44 PM

    The notion that officials are untouchable is probably the only one undermined in this instance … unless there was anyone on earth whose perception is skewed to the point where they think Roger is anything even remotely close to consistent in the punishments he metes out. They ought to be cured now.

  19. n001363 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:30 PM

    Strangulation by an official isn’t necessary to get a player away from a conflict. Referee should have flagged his own crew member for unprofessional conduct. He apologized to a guy that throat grabbed him. I wouldn’t. I’d demand he be reprimanded.

  20. zygizag says: Oct 12, 2012 9:51 PM

    I once saw a play accidently hit a ref in the head with the football after a play had been blown dead. Flag. But then the flag was picked up when the other officals pointed out it was an accident. No fine. The offender Packer QB Bret F

  21. hauts81 says: Oct 13, 2012 11:20 AM

    Undermines the notion that the refs are untouchable? He was tossed from the game, wasn’t he?

  22. pack13queens0 says: Oct 13, 2012 2:41 PM

    Roger Goodell won’t fine him or suspend him because he has turned into a Viking fan. I guess they need some fans considering they’re not getting any in the Metrodome. I can’t wait to be there on the 25th, hopefully a few other Packer fans can join & give the Vikings a hostile environment in their own Stadium & give the Buccaneers a 9th home game.

  23. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Oct 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    Your going to a game with two teams you dont care about to root against one. Really!?! As Ace Ventura would say….loooohooo seeehhhheeer

  24. foofeiter says: Oct 13, 2012 11:26 PM

    pack13queens0 | Oct 13, 2012, 1:41 PM CDT
    Roger Goodell won’t fine him or suspend him because he has turned into a Viking fan. I guess they need some fans considering they’re not getting any in the Metrodome. I can’t wait to be there on the 25th, hopefully a few other Packer fans can join & give the Vikings a hostile environment in their own Stadium & give the Buccaneers a 9th home game.

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    You seem awfully obsessed with the Vikings as you show up on Vikings stories quite a bit. What’s the matter, jealous?

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