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Donte Whitner critical of unnecessary roughness penalty

September 27, 2013

Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner was asked about Thursday night’s hit on Chris Givens that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

“I actually backed off a little bit,” Whitner said. “It could’ve been a little worse than what it was if I went full speed and actually launched myself into the guy. I don’t know what I was supposed to do in that situation. I think I’m just supposed to let them catch a touchdown now. I think that’s what the National Football League wants, but I’m not going to give them that. I’m going to continue to play physical, continue to hit the right way, lead with my shoulder, and I’m not targeting anybody’s head. And for a guy that’s going up to catch a football and coming down, it’s hard to find where to hit him. And I even backed off a little bit, turned and gave him my shoulder. So I don’t know what I was supposed to do in that situation or what they want me to do.”

Whitner added that if he’s fined by the NFL, he will appeal.

“You know, I had one last week, first play of the game, throw to the flat to Ahmad Bradshaw and I hit him and he was knocked back,” Whitner said. “They gave me a 15-yard flag and two days later they called the 49ers and said it wasn’t a flag, it was a legal play and I wouldn’t be fined. So it looks like it could possibly be the same thing two weeks in a row.”

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