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Whitner says he hasn’t been fined for any personal fouls


San Francisco safety Donte Whitner was flagged for two personal fouls on Monday night, one for a hit on a defenseless receiver and one for unsportsmanlike conduct for yelling at the officials after that flag. The NFL apparently thought Whitner had a point when he was yelling at the officials because Whitner says he wasn’t fined for the hit.

In fact, Whitner says he hasn’t been fined for any of his personal foul penalties. The NFL did initially fine him $21,000 for a hit on Rams receiver Chris Givens this season, but he won the appeal, and he hasn’t picked up any other fines for any other hits.

“But if you look at every hit, that’s the way you should play football,” Whitner said, via “You lead with your shoulder. Just because it’s a powerful hit, doesn’t mean it’s an illegal hit. This is football. Now, if I’m going in there and hitting people in their helmet, and going helmet to helmet, that’s wrong and that should be flagged. But if you’re doing the right way and hitting them in the right area, it shouldn’t matter how powerful the hit is, it should not be a flag and it should not be penalized out of check for it. And I haven’t. I haven’t given up one dollar this year on five or six personal fouls.”

The only fine Whitner has paid this season was $7,875 for wearing white socks.

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17 Responses to “Whitner says he hasn’t been fined for any personal fouls”
  1. 4949centennial says: Dec 27, 2013 7:00 AM

    That flag which eventually resulted in Falcons TD could have cost Niners a win and potentially a playoff spot.

    I get that officials are forced to call anything close. But at least make them reviewable or automatically review all PF calls.

  2. meatcarroll says: Dec 27, 2013 7:03 AM

    SS Hitner and Chris Culliver are my favorite players in football.

  3. kaeptaincrunch says: Dec 27, 2013 7:08 AM

    Well put, Mr. Whitner.

    Brandon Meriwether, take notes.

  4. niner13 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:27 AM

    Hitner: They see you comin’ and think, “He hate me.”

  5. azjohnny says: Dec 27, 2013 7:38 AM

    I completely agree!!

    Signed Not a Niner fan

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:46 AM

    That was a terrible call on a great hit, he was right to be pissed off

  7. beachsidejames says: Dec 27, 2013 7:48 AM

    Way back Dandy Don Merideth was doing Mon. niters at the end of the game he’d start singing… turn out the lights…the partys over..

  8. wwwmattcom says: Dec 27, 2013 7:51 AM

    Its rewarding to me when I see a touchdown pass thrown behind him to the open reciever in his zone.

  9. buddysguys says: Dec 27, 2013 8:02 AM

    Donte Whiffner

  10. nfceastisbeast says: Dec 27, 2013 9:48 AM

    He is viscous, I love that in a safety, make them pay for coming into your territory. Later in the game they’ll think twice about it. Reminds me of two of our previous safeties, BDawk and Wes Hopkins.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 27, 2013 10:02 AM

    Adolf Whiffner

  12. erock27 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:21 AM

    Donte hitner

  13. gosfvr says: Dec 27, 2013 10:36 AM

    This is the reason the NFL needs a review system for such penalties. Now. Not next season.
    Some team is going to get jobbed in the playoffs and the integrity (whatever is left of it) of the game will suffer some more.

  14. jburk003 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    That one against Steven Jackson was absolutely pitiful, and a disgrace to lovers of football.

    That hit was textbook.

    It’s not Whitners fault that Steven Jackson bobbled the ball and lowered his body frame and head as he tried to catch the tipped ball.

    That play literally could have been the difference

  15. adderal says: Dec 27, 2013 12:02 PM

    His knockout hit to Pierre Thomas in the 2011 playoffs set the tone on a game they were not expected to win. Personally I would take a few penalties for hits in big games like that. He’s greatly improved in pass coverage this year compared to last, I think he’s only had one blown td this year. I hope they find away to keep him.

  16. bobulated says: Dec 27, 2013 12:57 PM

    A review system is definitely needed for PI and the defenseless/qb illegal hit calls. This was certainly a bad call but IMHO Whitner made it impossible for the refs to discuss picking the illegal hit flag up by immediately drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct. Those flags have occasionally been picked up this year after officials have huddled.

  17. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Dec 27, 2013 10:14 PM

    Whitner’s unsportsmanlike penalty against Atlanta game almost cost his team the game. If he changes his name it should be to Dumbsh Hitner.

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