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Cary Williams not fined for pushing official in the Super Bowl

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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.

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  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:34 PM

    79.24% of the Ravens’ roster should be terminated from the league. It is a blatant injustice to keep this “team” in such a sacred league. Let’s shed them from the history books and rid ourselves of their taint once and for all.

    My two cents.

  2. jfinn5 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:36 PM

    The NFL front office should just come out and say we wanted a east coast team to win. Everybody can push reffs next year and no penalties and fines.

  3. hateithere says: Feb 9, 2013 7:36 PM

    that is BS Justin Smith got ejected from a game against the New York Giants a few years ago for just barely accidentally and not meeting to touching a referee

  4. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 7:37 PM

    Somebody likes the rat turds and its not me! Can’t wait to hear the the winners whine…..very classy…but hey it’s Baltimore city of statues of a slasher…

  5. jmblosser82 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:37 PM

    Once again a raven getting away with murder

  6. Stiller43 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:39 PM

    Seriously? Amazing…

  7. rockee3 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:39 PM

    How can he not be fined What the Hell going on here?

  8. daknight93 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:41 PM

    well, in any other regular season or playoff game he would’ve been thrown out the game or flagged for bumping ref..but Godell got what he wanted from handpicked refs to throw very limited flags and let the players decide the game was the goal and mission accomplished…life isn’t always fair and Godell gave his stamp of approval…case closed..complaining won’t change outcome of game..season is over.

  9. kd75 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:41 PM

    No harm. No foul.

  10. cmich2006 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:45 PM

    Further evidence the ravens can do what they want as long as roger is in charge

  11. spellingcops says: Feb 9, 2013 7:45 PM

    Ravens are the new darlings of the nfl and their officials.

  12. reed20ravens says: Feb 9, 2013 7:47 PM

    forget about this play for a second: this guy has stepped up for us after being 4th string last year to our number one corner while Lardarius Webb went down, Dom foxworth got hurt and retired and jimmy smith underproduced

  13. bigshirk says: Feb 9, 2013 7:47 PM

    So Gore gets a fine for his socks… And Cary gets nothing for PUSHING A REFEREE! Fix the fine system.

  14. nepo784 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:48 PM

    Total BS

  15. ravensdds says: Feb 9, 2013 7:51 PM

    Consistent with the refs trying to stay passive during the game though by the rules, Williams should have been ejected. That said, no point in the NFL piling on with a fine and continuing to give this non-issue attention.

  16. mjkelly77 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:52 PM

    “Williams got lucky on Sunday, and he got lucky again when the league office decided to let it go.”
    ______________________

    So he’s a lucky guy.

  17. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:52 PM

    Cue the Ravens fans justifying yet another thing they feel they have to. The most angry fans to have their team just win the Super Bowl.

  18. jnbnet says: Feb 9, 2013 7:54 PM

    the fix was in for the ratbirds

  19. bohknows says: Feb 9, 2013 7:56 PM

    Ravens fan here…he should have been kicked out of the game and fined.

  20. boswivel says: Feb 9, 2013 7:58 PM

    It wasn’t malicious. There were far more flagrant fouls on Puppy Bowl. The refs weren’t calling anything anyway.

  21. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 9, 2013 7:58 PM

    bohknows says: Feb 9, 2013 7:56 PM

    Ravens fan here…he should have been kicked out of the game and fined.
    ——-
    I agree. Another Ravens fan.

  22. cosanostra71 says: Feb 9, 2013 7:59 PM

    Wow what a joke.

  23. mullman76 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:00 PM

    As it should be. Williams was the victim of one of the many cheap shots passed out by the 9ers- his helmet was kicked off after the whistle blew.

    Throwing a player out in that situation would be like throwing a flag on the last play of the game because there may have been some grabbing…

    Whine on 9er fan….

  24. albinorhino49 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:00 PM

    Of course not, the fix was in.

  25. ncp2 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:00 PM

    whether he realized it was an official or not, he should have been fined. there’s no excuse for laying your hands in a ref.

  26. willsco16 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:00 PM

    Raydiculous

  27. broncojay says: Feb 9, 2013 8:01 PM

    Totally lame. He should have been tossed, penalized 15, and fined. Total BS.

  28. gregbeau says: Feb 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    Something’s seriously wrong here. Maybe the league doesn’t want to make Bogar look bad?

  29. smstonerock says: Feb 9, 2013 8:03 PM

    I have no problem with no penalty or fine. The refs actually showed a certain degree of maturity and intelligence by not throwing the flag. So did the league. Rules are rules, but common sense trumps them every time.

  30. valid1 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:06 PM

    I’m a Ravens fan and I think this is stupid. i can see not ejecting the player in a Supebowl to avoid kicking that hornet’s nest but he has to be fined. He HAS to be fined.

  31. mancinibread says: Feb 9, 2013 8:07 PM

    Sir Roger decided Sir Ray would get a second SB ring and the fix was in all through the playoffs. NFL is as crooked and fixed as our political system, it sux.

  32. 49ersgiants4life says: Feb 9, 2013 8:08 PM

    So Cam Newton barely bumps a ref and gets fined $21,000 and a 15 yarder and this guy full on shoves a ref and nothing happens at all that’s just hypocritical but that’s the way the NFL is run now just like their player safety is our #1 priority so lets put in tons of Thursday night games so the players get hardly any rest and lets push for an 18 game season

  33. vikesfan320 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:09 PM

    Of course not, because fining him would admit the refs blew that and would draw suspicion to the overall integrity of the officiating the game.

  34. bobhk says: Feb 9, 2013 8:10 PM

    Many rules seem to be open to interpretation. But this one is clear. He should have been out of there.

  35. thevoiceofreason1 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:14 PM

    Agree with most that he should have been ejected, at the very least flagged. I believe Cary didn’t realize what he was doing, but it’s still no excuse.

    -Ravens fan

  36. lostsok says: Feb 9, 2013 8:25 PM

    Have anyone ever seen an intelligent post from benroethlisberger7? Just curious…

  37. stairwayto7 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:27 PM

    Nata broke Bens nose in a game, no penalty. now this? If is were Harrison, an 8 game suspension! Goodell must go!

  38. sdisme says: Feb 9, 2013 8:29 PM

    What do you expect from this league office and Roger’s wheel of punishments?

  39. mlynch0221 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:33 PM

    Some of these are a little absurd. If Baltimore is the city of murderers and slashers, Pittsburg must be the city of rapists. The list goes on and some people just can’t handle certain things. Get a life people.

  40. FinFan68 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:38 PM

    Disgraceful. Super Bowl or not, that stuff cannot be tolerated. Enforce the rules. This failure sends a bad message to many of the league’s hotheads and the precedent will be hard to justify. Bad move NFL.

  41. pillowporkers says: Feb 9, 2013 8:41 PM

    This is garbage NFL. If you are going to be harsh, you need to be fair. Harrison Smith for the Vikings got ejected for a game for exactly the same thing. I believe he didn’t know it was a ref. Harrison Smith also said he didn’t think it was a ref when he got thrown out 3 months earlier. Oh yeah, he was flagged and fined too. I saw this play live, and I’m not a Ravens fan, but I’m not against them either, and I saw it right away. I was like, “that guy is gone” due to what happened to Harrison Smith earlier. I was shocked when he wasn’t ejected.

  42. albinorhino49 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:42 PM

    Of course not, the fix was in!

  43. ninerman78 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:50 PM

    putting aside that the penalties were extremely one sided. you get fined for a hit on a player, wearing socks too high, or throwing a ball in the stands. why the hell did this special player not get fined for SHOVING an official? the fix was totally in.

  44. ravenator says: Feb 9, 2013 8:52 PM

    Look at all the cute hater comments. Keep on drinking that people. I really enjoy reading all your moans and groans. I can actually feel the pain and suffering through your posts. Too funny.

  45. watermelon1 says: Feb 9, 2013 8:56 PM

    The official shouldn’t have an up on a guy that was on the ground.

    Instead… He should have ran to the person who ripped his helmet off after the play was over… And been busy throwing a flag.

    League actually for it right in both accounts.

    And please don’t try and read me some “letter of the law” nonsense because not one single NFL “rule” is ever enforced by the “letter.”

    It’s a case by case circumstance just like everything else.

  46. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 9, 2013 8:57 PM

    and Ndamukong Suh didn’t know that he was kicking Schaub’s nutsack.

  47. tonymontana45 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:05 PM

    Do I think he should have been ejected? Maybe-only if they ejected the 49er who blatantly socked him in the face taking off his helmet.

    Should he have been fined? Without a doubt

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 9, 2013 9:06 PM

    Look at all the cute hater comments. Keep on drinking that people. I really enjoy reading all your moans and groans. I can actually feel the pain and suffering through your posts. Too funny.

    Haters= people speaking the truth
    Fanboys= homers like ravenator punching a key board in moms basement tossing down Dr pepper..

  49. FinFan68 says: Feb 9, 2013 9:43 PM

    Just curious, how can you look right at a guy less than 3 feet away from you wearing a black and white striped shirt put both hands on him and shove and then still claim you didn’t know it was an official? If the answer is blind rage then wouldn’t that pose a safety risk in and of itself?

  50. flaccounibrow says: Feb 9, 2013 9:44 PM

    No surprise. No flag on the blatant PI against Crabtree either!

  51. TSizzleBallSoHard says: Feb 9, 2013 10:17 PM

    Just fine James Harrison and we can all move on.

  52. swagger52 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:22 PM

    He should have been tossed, but the late hits on Ray Rice at the end of the play before he fumbled was criminal. The hit on Flacco out of bounds was ridiculous given the roughing call on Kapernick.

    How about the helmet to helmet on Ed Reed on the fair catch in the New England game?

    So are we only going to talk about the calls that went the Ravens way, or are we going to talk about the calls that went the 49ers way as well?

  53. goldrush36 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:25 PM

    tonymontana45 says:
    Feb 9, 2013 9:05 PM
    Do I think he should have been ejected? Maybe-only if they ejected the 49er who blatantly socked him in the face taking off his helmet.

    Should he have been fined? Without a doubt

    Firts off his helmet was knocked off by staley’s foot as he was fighting to get up.. there was no punch in that process. Secondly the replays clearly show Williams throwin punches into Davis’ chest while he was laying on the ground. Nobody caused his antics but himself

  54. thejuddstir says: Feb 9, 2013 10:27 PM

    Great ! We go from Bountygate to Ravengate! When the hell is the NFL going to clean up their act?? How is the NFL going to justify punishing any further pushing or even minor contact with officials by a player????? Everyone is tired of players challenging their punishments, appealing fines and suspensions, etc. etc. but now in the biggest game of the year they let a player get by with giving an official a two-handed shove and no flag, penalty, ejection, fine or anything because “he didn’t realize he was pushing an official”. Guess what every player is going to say from now on when they knock a ref on his azz?

  55. evrybdyhas1 says: Feb 9, 2013 10:29 PM

    Letting players play without flags led to unflagged pi and hand to hand combat by the o and dlines after the whistle. Coaxh Jim and his out of control coaching style pushed his players over the top. Who knows where to draw the line but C. Williams was kicked in t he head and lost his helmut. I actually believe the game is better without the yellow rags. Bring on old scbool real football.

  56. sonoco says: Feb 9, 2013 10:32 PM

    Wow! No calls on any one of seven blatant Raven holds/tackles during the safety, no call, no ejection and now no fine for a “zero tolerance” infraction. Most clumsy ending to a season I can remember since 1982. I’m feeling a bit like a chump for spending so much time and money on the NFL.

  57. giablommi says: Feb 9, 2013 10:49 PM

    Baltimore may indeed be Super Bowl champions. As others have pointed out, the fix very well may have been in dictating that Roger’s “bro” Ray needed to go out as a champion at any cost.

    Either way, what Ravens homers/fanboys need to realize is that the favors from the league are finished going forward. You have your title, Ray is done, Ed Reed will be retiring or signing elsewhere and the league office is on to the next “feel good” story next year. I happen to like Joe Flacco as a QB, but having him as the face of your franchise has nowhere near the cache of Lewis, Reed or big bad defense. Good luck with the 8-8 and 7-9 seasons soon to come.

    It’s pretty obvious to anyone who can read between the lines that a Ravens were the league’s desired choice to walk away with the Lombardi. Blatant getting-away-with-murder non-calls and non-fines on Williams only further reinfore the above notions and only further undermine what little credibilty the NFL and commissioner Goodell have left.

  58. calicokiller49 says: Feb 9, 2013 11:19 PM

    …..to add insult, to injury…..

  59. ravens4fr says: Feb 9, 2013 11:35 PM

    “Ravens are the new darlings of the nfl and their officials” – it’s about time!

  60. Marty says: Feb 10, 2013 12:00 AM

    I’m no longer tripping over this stuff. All I know is the ravens would get spanked if it were played again, and I think a lot of ravens know it.

  61. 9erfan49 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:02 AM

    More contradiction from the NFL while setting an awful example for young athletes everywhere.

    Keep up the good work Goodell, you’re giving Stern a run for his money.

  62. sbaltimore says: Feb 10, 2013 12:29 AM

    Ravens fan here. He should have been ejected and fined. This decision is very strange indeed.

  63. ravensallday2012 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:33 AM

    All of u grown men crying. Shut up already. Super Bowl champs. If ur teams were any good then the ravens wouldn’t have won. Get over it

  64. itsfootballbaby says: Feb 10, 2013 12:39 AM

    If Jerod Mayo can get away with a helmet to chin shot on Dennis Pitta with no fine then a little had shove can be overlooked.

  65. johntonioholmes says: Feb 10, 2013 1:16 AM

    No surprise here; the league loves the Ravens.

    Just look at how that game and and the game in Denver was officiated..

  66. greenngld says: Feb 10, 2013 2:05 AM

    If the official that was shoved didn’t think it was worthy of even a flag, why is it so shocking that there is no fine? I mean, this isn’t a ref missing a call. The guy was shoved and didn’t throw a flag. I don’t give a crap about either of these crappy teams, but obviously the official didn’t think it was violent or intentional. Not like he stabbed somebody…..

  67. skeebo80 says: Feb 10, 2013 2:25 AM

    NFL has turned into a joke. GOODELL needs to go.

  68. onbucky96 says: Feb 10, 2013 2:37 AM

    I call…SHENANAGINS!

  69. bartlettruss says: Feb 10, 2013 5:59 AM

    Good thing he wasn’t wearing his socks too low.

  70. vegaskid21 says: Feb 10, 2013 8:30 AM

    So, if a player wears the wrong socks, or has them too low, $5000 – $10,000 fine. Dude fully shoves a ref, $0.00. Something doesn’t make a whole lot of sense here.

  71. melikefootball says: Feb 10, 2013 10:04 AM

    Every player that has been fined this year needs to step up and demand refund with how inconsident the fines are dished out by this commish and his sidekicks. In a SB on national TV clearly shows pushing twice by Williams and not only no flag but no fine. This is how the NFL promotes itself.

  72. japmen says: Feb 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    NFL did a poor job in hiding their bias. This is first time time i’ve ever heard touching a ref not being punished. Well, I knew basketball and soccer weren’t the only cheaters.

  73. aspirean says: Feb 10, 2013 12:22 PM

    As a Raven’s fan. I saw it the moment it happened and called for the flag and ejection. Never happened. I don’t like Cary Williams. He reminds me of Gary Baxter… not good enough to warrant the pay he will get.

    The guy had a few interceptions this year, but couldn’t cover anyone. He was also a hot head.

    To the logical people, I agree. To the people complaining over incredibly frustrations that the Ravens won the superbowl etc, the Wambulance is on the way – please stay calm.

  74. footballchic777 says: Feb 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    It is total BS that he didn’t get anything….let alone the ejection that should have came during the game! Yeah, Came newton didn’t know his dad was taken money for his college choice either!

  75. scoobies05 says: Feb 10, 2013 3:07 PM

    before i comment i just want to call out nofoolnodroool. you talk about class and yet you are the fourth poster on here and you talk about ray. very classy indeed my friend
    as far as cary i do totally agree that he should have been tossed. you simply cannot put hands on the refs. i was stunned that they let him stay in
    sf fans you guys had a great year. be proud and best wishes going forward. go ravens

  76. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 10, 2013 4:22 PM

    before i comment i just want to call out nofoolnodroool. you talk about class and yet you are the fourth poster on here and you talk about ray. very classy indeed my friend
    as far as cary i do totally agree that he should have been tossed. you simply cannot put hands on the refs. i was stunned that they let him stay in
    sf fans you guys had a great year. be proud and best wishes going forward. go ravens

    A little sensitive about Ray are you? I was talking about the statue of the confederate general, but hey if you took it the wrong I feel your misplaced pain. Lol it’s hard to understand how people are so fooled by a fraud that they get upset over the slightest implied dig at their icon….smh
    His not getting tossed is a joke and will be something tossed in any raven fans face when complaining about the refs from this point on… You got a break during the game and now the NFL takes the gutless way out….must have been the deers fault….

  77. swagger52 says: Feb 10, 2013 4:49 PM

    Many of the comments on here illustrate the same problem as with the biased announcers. They haven’t watched enough Ravens games to understand what a dumb comment it is to say that the Ravens are favored.

    Did I mention that Ray was involved with a double homicide? None of his former coaches have any doubts. However, let me bring it up because I hate the Ravens.

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