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.

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. 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!

  17. 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!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

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