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Donte Whitner appealing $21,000 fine for hitting Chris Givens

Donte Whitner, Jared Cook AP

In Week Three, 49ers safety Donte Whitner was penalized for a hit on Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw that he said was a bad call.

The NFL didn’t disagree, passing on the opportunity to fine Whitner. Whitner was back at the complaint department after getting penalized for hitting Rams wide receiver Chris Givens above the neck when Givens was a defenseless receiver, but the NFL saw things differently this time. Whitner said Tuesday that he was fined $21,000 by the league, a penalty that he’s appealing.

Whitner said that Givens said he thought it was a legal hit and the safety argues that the fine was out of proportion to what happened on the field. Whitner said he would have understood the amount if he knocked Givens out, but said that this was a different case because Givens came down into Whitner’s strike zone to change the result.

“I was going for the midsection, where the ball is, with my shoulder,” Whitner said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “You can actually see me turn and lay off the hit. If I actually would have ran through the guy, then I think I would deserve what I got. But I’ll appeal it and see what they say.”

Based on their response to the Bradshaw hit, it stands to reason that there wouldn’t have been a fine if the league thought Whitner wasn’t culpable for the hit because of the way Givens came down while trying to make the catch. His appeal probably doesn’t have the best shot of success as a result, although it certainly doesn’t hurt to try to keep a little more money in your wallet.

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6 Responses to “Donte Whitner appealing $21,000 fine for hitting Chris Givens”
  1. jjb0811 says: Oct 2, 2013 8:40 AM

    Flag football rules, must only pull the flag no hitting allowed.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Oct 2, 2013 9:09 AM

    I would like to see someone hit Mike Pereria like that.

  3. sjoyner59 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:13 AM

    So what any time there is a hard hit there is a fine…..those hard hits are why i decided to get season tickets 28 years ago

  4. shnuskis says: Oct 2, 2013 9:16 AM

    Dirty player.

  5. yondo123 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:31 AM

    Givens had a TD and Whitner knocked it out legally. League has to stop flagging every hit.

  6. osiris33 says: Oct 2, 2013 9:45 AM

    Lets put Roger Goodell into some pads & let Whitner, Kam Chancellor & Golden Tate demonstrate the difference between legal and illegal hits on him. For about an hour.

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