Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Head linesman Steve Stelljes (22) holds back Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams (29) during a scuffle against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl XLVII: Cary Williams Shoves Ref, Not Fined


Considering that you can’t even touch an official these days, it is puzzling how Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams was not fined for blatantly shoving a referee during the Super Bowl.

Williams pushed linesman Steve Stelljes in the midst of a scrum, when players were pushing and shoving at each other.

“It was a situation where I didn’t see who the heck I pushed. Those guys kicked my helmet off, took my helmet off man, it’s just a part of the process. Whatever,” Williams said in defense. “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.”

Other culprits who avoided fines, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN:

  • Jim Harbaugh, who criticized the referees on the holding penalty that wasn’t called during the final drive of the game
  • Joe Staley and Corey Graham for fighting
  • Jimmy Smith for his helmet-to-chin hit on Michael Crabtree
  • Frank Gore for wearing his socks too low (not a joke)

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  • Jimbo

    Mr Goodell any comments from you on this disrespectful move? Last I checked refs don’t where a jersey or helmet and are distinguished by a Black and White shirt.