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Cary Williams didn’t know he shoved ref, calls 49ers “dirty”

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Ravens cornerback Cary Williams called shoving a ref “a reaction,” and said he didn’t know who he was moving out of the pile during the second quarter fight that would have drawn more attention if it wasn’t followed by a brownout.

But he also called the 49ers “a little dirty,” and said his helmet was “kicked off.”

After Ed Reed’s interception triggered an altercation (“brawl” seems excessive, perhaps “melee” fits better) Williams clearly shoved an official with two hands, and could have been ejected on the spot.

“It was a situation where I didn’t see who the heck I pushed,” Williams said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. Those guys kicked my helmet off, took my helmet off man, it’s just a part of the process. Whatever.

“It’s a reaction. You see teammates out there getting hit late, guys pulling guys after the whistle. My helmet came off, I couldn’t barely see, and I just reacted. It is what it is.”

Williams correctly assessed that the fight was the result of nearly a half of chippy play that went unchecked, and was eventually going to boil over because game officials didn’t have control of the proceedings.

“The offensive line trying to be tough. Be tough between the whistles man. Don’t pull that crap after the damn whistle, man. I mean, I just felt like those guys were a little dirty. The refs should have thrown flags on them early on them in the game to stop that junk,” Williams said. “Sometimes you’ve got to retaliate, sometimes you have to show people we aren’t going to be pushed around. We do this. That’s been part of the Ravens defense for years, to show toughness, but we do it between the whistles.”

He was fortunate he was able to do it at all in the second half, as he should have been sitting in the dark with the fans watching.

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42 Responses to “Cary Williams didn’t know he shoved ref, calls 49ers “dirty””
  1. bucrightoff says: Feb 4, 2013 9:07 AM

    “I didn’t see nothing!”

    - Ray Lewis

  2. goldrush36 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:13 AM

    Yeah how many slaps to the head did you get away with after the whistle? Kinda goes both ways there hypocrite

  3. fuglyflorio says: Feb 4, 2013 9:19 AM

    Right. Just like last year. Always ‘the better team’ … always getting cheated. There’s a theme here. Let’s see if we can figure it out.

  4. krabballs says: Feb 4, 2013 9:24 AM

    Not a shock that the 49ers are a dirty team; the league will police them eventually. Don’t pencil then into the next 5 Super Bowls just yet.

  5. jfrogo says: Feb 4, 2013 9:25 AM

    One of the worst officiated games I’ve seen, particularly in a Super Bowl. Just a continuation of what went on the entire season.

  6. melikefootball says: Feb 4, 2013 9:27 AM

    No one believes that story except God-del. Always involved with after the whistle activity never warned, never flaged, up to league office now to show some class.

  7. joe2jerry says: Feb 4, 2013 9:29 AM

    I’m not sure how you get to hove a ref. belicheck touched an arm, and Justin Smith once separated a ref from the pile without looking and we know what happened. These guys were incompetent at best, on the take at worst. Reminded me of the Seahawks Super Bowl refs (and I hate the Seahawks). Refs that decide the game will always be looked at with Vegas in mind.

  8. tincansailor981 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    If it were a regular season game, he would have been ejected, fined and suspended. Ref showed restraint, although at least a penalty should have been called.

  9. ajb3313 says: Feb 4, 2013 9:43 AM

    I liked that, in general, the officials let the teams dictate the action. There were several things that they let slide that could have easily been penalties.

    But — and this seems so obvious — they should have drawn the line at shoving an official, even if it was accidental in the heat of a melee (I don’t think saying “oops, I was shoving blindly” is a particularly compelling excuse). He should have been ejected.

  10. saintsly says: Feb 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    Seems to me that the last blow was the final whistle and the Ravens won. Now the 9ers can feel our pain because they pulled the same crap on us last year. Hows that working for y’all now. Payback is hell SF.

  11. ingraven says: Feb 4, 2013 9:53 AM

    I’m glad for the MOST part the refs just let them play last night. 2 physical teams DONT need flags thrown every 5 seconds.

  12. realfootballfan says: Feb 4, 2013 9:54 AM

    Good for the refs that they didn’t eject this guy. He was obviously not being malicious when he was flailing around.

  13. frithstreetpost says: Feb 4, 2013 10:17 AM

    He’s a liar. He shoved the official once, kept going back to him screaming at him and having to be restrained by teammates and laid hands on the official at least one more time. Watch the replay, it’s clear, he is a liar.

  14. nattypoes says: Feb 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    He clearly didn’t realize he was pushing the ref, and considering that he had just had his head driven into the ground well after the whistle, I can understand why he lost his poise.

  15. yanks33 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:20 AM

    This coming from a Baltimore Raven..makes me laugh

  16. lbijake says: Feb 4, 2013 10:22 AM

    Ray Lewis’s bloody uniform could not be found after the game. Ray Lewis stated he wasn’t even there.

  17. steelersforlife says: Feb 4, 2013 10:22 AM

    This Williams character is a JOKE!! Lets play I’m the victim. He forgot about what he did that caused them to do what they did to him. Rewind that play a little further and watch this idiot punching the 49erns offensive lineman as he was on the ground with several players in him. He should have been ejected and he should be suspended. HE’S A JOKE.

  18. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:24 AM

    I saw that too, why didn’t the ref eject him? Do rules change in the superbowl? I wanted the ravens to win anyway but there were some inconsistencies.

  19. mullman76 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:26 AM

    The 9ers were hitting late and shoving after many plays, it was plain as day.

    Now the fans are whining. Sour grapes. The refs let the boys play and the better team won, enough said.

  20. sonoco says: Feb 4, 2013 10:32 AM

    You can shove a ref in the Super Bowl and not get ejected. Good to know.

  21. pushier says: Feb 4, 2013 10:35 AM

    Williams is a punk pure an simple,should have been ejected

  22. giablommi says: Feb 4, 2013 10:47 AM

    The NFL loses more and more credibility with each passing year.

  23. orivar says: Feb 4, 2013 10:55 AM

    I have no problem with it actually. It’s the Superbowl, ref and anybody that isn’t blind saw what happened to make him so upset to begin with, and showed restraint based on it. There could of been a lot more ejections than just him if they honestly wanted to call them, especially when his helmet was forcibly removed on the ground.

    Didn’t even come off from a hit or anything, was absolutely ripped off a good length after the whistle.

  24. joe2jerry says: Feb 4, 2013 10:57 AM

    This week the last chief of officiating was on Sirius NFL and said that any ref who just “lets them play” should be fired immediately.

  25. ravenator says: Feb 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    Oh please, Cary Williams did no such thing. Hate on haters. Ravens are amazing.

  26. msb360 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:00 AM

    Go away haters! As much you hate Ray Lewis and the Ravens are Champs. Now you have focus back on loser lives.

  27. swashbucklin says: Feb 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    Everyone on pft is so upset that the ravens got the job done.

  28. thejuddstir says: Feb 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    I didn’t care who won, not a team fan of either but this was the worst officiated SB I have ever seen and I have seen them all. These officials swallowed their whistles before the game even started. It would be interesting to know who would’ve won the game if just the obvious missed calls were made. I say that seriously, as there were so many calls missed on both sides and I am all for “letting the players play” when it comes to the ticky-tacky stuff but there were far too many major penalties that were not called. This crew won’t be officiating another SB none to soon. Remember, many of the NFL officials questioned how this crew got picked as the head referee scored very low during the season.

  29. riverhorsey says: Feb 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    Liked the chippy action, the way it should be.

  30. j0esixpack says: Feb 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    I had no horse in this race, but I think 49ers fans have a legitmate beef.

    Any other sport, or any other game, shoving an official gets you suspended. Ask Rajon Rondo who even did so jokingly and paid the price.

    Add to that Ed Reed LINING UP offsides on a 2 point conversion that would have tied the game, as well as several other non-calls and you can’t blame SF for being upset.

    Either put the whistles away entirely and let them play, or call the game the way the rules say.

    Picking and choosing when to call penalties and when not to is ridiculous (with the exception of the very last play when there was contact on both sides, and one should expect the officials NOT to end the game on a penalty)

  31. mjkelly77 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    The game was marred by an ugly fight that is a reflection on the poor coaching on both sides … especially in the case of the 49ers.

  32. footballchic777 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:38 AM

    The rule does not question intention. The rule is if you put your hands on the ref….you are ejected! This was a very poorly officiated game, from the beginning to the end. I personally am not a fan of either team, but the 49ers got homered with the lack of pass interference calls, and especially offsides. The Ravens might as well have lined up on the 49ers side!

  33. thehighhat says: Feb 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    Ray Lewis and the Ravens got the full Jerome Bettis treatment from the refs. It wasn’t the reason the 49ers lost, but c’mon. They only flagged the Ravens 2 times!!

  34. ratbirdsrule says: Feb 4, 2013 12:09 PM

    What are all the Ray Lewis haters gonna talk about next year?

  35. zn0rseman says: Feb 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    Two Ravens should have been ejected.

    Williams shoved an official (who he clearly saw was an official) in the second quarter. No penalty. No ejection.

    Ngata punch a 49ers offensive linemen twice in the head right infront of an official in the first quarter. No penalty. No ejection.

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:05 PM

    San Francisco got away with so much holding from Week 1 vs. Green Bay through the end of this game. Any of their players or fans whining now are beyond absurd in doing so.

    In typical fashion, dirty Anthony Davis and Alex Boone were in the middle of it. Davis is one of the dirtiest linemen in the league that no one knows about. Constantly pushing guys in the back after whistles, yanking facemasks after plays, etc.

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:08 PM

    fuglyflorio says: Feb 4, 2013 9:19 AM

    Right. Just like last year. Always ‘the better team’ … always getting cheated. There’s a theme here. Let’s see if we can figure it out.
    ————

    The better team won last year, and should have done so in blowout fashion, had they not inflicted several unforced errors on themselves in the first half.

  38. pigbladder says: Feb 4, 2013 1:09 PM

    hypocrites… and he should have been tossed.

    ravens are over aggressive in the first couple possessions of every game. they are the ones causng the chippiness because “We do this. That’s been part of the Ravens defense for years, to show toughness”

    the league office should take notice and put a stop to it.

  39. harrisn2003 says: Feb 4, 2013 2:48 PM

    uuuuum didn’t he also punch a 49er in the chest like 3 or 4 times. Refs was wrong for this. worst officiating game.

  40. kuaana2000 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:09 PM

    Anytime there’s a fight on the field it’s because the officials have lost control of the game. Boger and his crew were pathetic. I’m not a fan of either team, but the officiating was terrible. No wonder the rest of the officiating crews wondered why Boger’s crew were picked. Im mean com’on man, only 2 penalties on the Ravens!. Hell I saw 5 on the put attempt safety call. How can you sleep at night Boger knowing you may have cost the Niners a champioship and guys may lose their jobs because of the poor officiating. You’ll never work another SB again.

  41. sharkmaster88 says: Feb 4, 2013 11:41 PM

    You pushed the wrong guy you were the dirty player and deserved to be thrown out you stinking cheap shot artist you know the rules and you broke it and got lucky

  42. salutethis says: Feb 5, 2013 8:29 AM

    This guy was dirty all season. That’s not technique Williams, it’s usually a penalty or a fight your trying to start.

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