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Smith Fined
November 12 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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49ers linebacker Derek Smith was fined by the NFL for knocking down an umpire during the game against the Saints. The $25,000 fine is one of the largest the NFL has to offer, and Smith was surprised to receive it.

The issue arose as Smith was going to make a tackle, he saw someone in his peripheral vision and gave him a push out of the way, he didn’t know who it was - and actually thought it was a receiver trying to throw a block on him.

The fine was for ‘deliberately’ knocking down the official and Smith contends that it was certainly not a deliberate action to take out an umpire. Still he did not say whether or not he will appeal the fine from the NFL.

Talk about it in the 49ers Paradise Forum

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