Ravens defensive back Cary Williams was surprisingly not penalized or ejected for shoving an official during the Super Bowl. Also surprisingly, he wasn’t fined.
An NFL spokesman confirmed to PFT that there was no fine for Williams for his actions during the game, which easily could have resulted in a 15-yard penalty and could have led the referee to kick him out.
Williams said last week that he didn’t realize he was pushing an official when he found himself in the middle of an on-field skirmish. Williams said he was angry about having his helmet ripped off and didn’t know who he was pushing in the heat of the moment.
But the rules say it’s a penalty for a player to put his hands on an official, and there’s no exception for a player who says he didn’t realize who he was pushing. Williams got lucky on Sunday, and he got lucky again when the league office decided to let it go.