Josh Norman not fined for slamming his fists onto Adam Thielen

NFL: NOV 28 Vikings at 49ers
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In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Vikings and 49ers, San Francisco cornerback Josh Norman was seen dropping both fists aggressively onto the lower back of Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen during a scrum for a loose ball.

Norman wasn’t flagged. He also wasn’t fined, according to NFL Media.

It’s unclear why Norman wasn’t punished at all for the punch, especially in the same week when the league suspended Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill two games (reduced to one on appeal) for a post-game punch of a Raiders player.

The play in question was over but players were actively jostling for the ball. While there’s a certain amount of tolerated frenzy that occurs in those situations, Norman’s reaction seems more than a bit excessive.

It’s another reason why the league desperately needs full (or any) transparency when it comes to these decisions. Why no foul? Why no fine? The situation raises questions that never will be answered, especially not with a full day of bright shiny objects on the way.

11 responses to “Josh Norman not fined for slamming his fists onto Adam Thielen

  1. looked worse then it was. You would expect at least a flinch if there was any force behind it

  2. I can answer the question. It happened to a Vikings player. Us fans in Minnesota know we have to beat the team and the refs.

  3. Watch the entire play. Thielen hit Norman the same exact way first. Norman retaliated which can draw the penalty.

    No doubt the league saw both cheap shots to render the decision.

  4. Thielen is such a whiner anyways. The clown is nothing without a #1 wr playing opposite of him.

  5. Imagine that! Another player punching the opponent and not getting fined. And this time it’s not a Steeler.

  6. nagyisterrible says:
    December 5, 2021 at 11:42 am
    Thielen is such a whiner anyways. The clown is nothing without a #1 wr playing opposite of him.
    ///////
    Not sure I’ve ever seen anybody have a beef with Thielen before. Sounds like somebody is jealous.

  7. When we lose, it’s the ref’s fault. When we win . . . OK, we don’t win very often.

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