Tempers flared near the end of the Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers matchup on Sunday, and now, two players are reaching for their wallets because of it. On Wednesday, 49ers guard Alex Boone told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that he plans to appeal a $7,875 fine he was levied by the league:
The league docked Boone after he was assessed a personal foul penalty for retaliating to Cardinals defensive lineman Alameda Ta'amu, who kicked him in the face as he laid on the ground. Boone's penalty wasn't caught by TV cameras, but Ta'amu's late cheap shot was, via DieHardSport.com:
Once Boone got back to the sideline, he angrily appeared to tell coach Jim Harbaugh and his teammates that he got kicked in the face, with some swear words mixed in. Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead has more reaction shots from Boone.
While Ta'amu wasn't assessed a penalty on Sunday, he was reportedly fined $10,000 by the league. According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM in Phoenix, Ta'amu plans to appeal his fine as well:
After watching tape of Ta'amu's kick, it's easy to see why Boone got fired up and retaliated. Eventually, his 15-yard penalty was wiped out by an offsetting personal foul, but Boone took accountability for his actions, saying he could have hurt the team.
In an interview with Comcast Sports Net Bay Area following the 32-20 49ers victory, Boone addressed the situation, saying, "It’s hard to sometimes draw the line. But that’s on me. I should know better. I’m smarter than that. I can’t continue to put the team in bad positions. Had we not scored, it could’ve really hurt us."
Boone is known for playing with a mean streak and has been widely credited with solidifying the 49ers offensive line into one of the game's top units since the start of 2012. Ta'amu, meanwhile, was claimed off waivers by Arizona recently from Pittsburgh, where he was suspended two games in 2012 because of off-the-field problems.
The 49ers and Cardinals will face each other again in Week 17 in Arizona, so keep an eye on Boone and Ta'amu in that matchup to see if there's any bad blood.