|Cary Williams has been vindicated. The league will not fine him for shoving an official. (US Presswire)|
A few eyebrows were raised during Super Bowl XLVII when Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams shoved an official and didn't get ejected -- or even penalized for that matter. Now, don't be surprised if a few more eyebrows are raised because Williams won't even be facing a fine.
In an email to USA Today, an AFC Spokesman said the NFL would not be fining Williams for shoving head linesman Steve Stelljes during the second quarter of the Super Bowl. The shove occurred during a scrum after Ravens safety Ed Reed intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass.
Williams said earlier this week that the bump was unintentional, "The ref saw that I wasn't trying to intentionally get him, or hurt him or harm him in any way and I think he played it the right way. He made the right call, he made the right decision." Williams will probably also agree that the NFL made the right decision not to fine him.
The shove has been a hot topic of conversation since the Super Bowl. Former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira and former supervisor of officials Jim Daopolous both felt that Williams should have been ejected for the push. Instead, Williams won't face any punishment at all.
The non-punishment might come as surprising news to someone like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton , who was fined $21,000 in December for bumping referee Jerome Boger. Boger, it should be noted, was the head referee in Super Bowl XLVII.
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