MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith was apologetic following his ejection from Sunday's game after trying to push back judge Steve Freeman out of his way following an altercation with Tennessee Titans receiver Nate Washington.
Early in the second quarter following an interception by Antoine Winfield, Smith and a few players exchanged words with Washington. When Freeman intervened and pushed Smith out of the way, the Vikings' safety batted away Freeman's arms. Smith went to the bench following the interception, and didn't immediately hear he was ejected from the game.
"It was just stupid for me to even be involved," Smith said after the game. "I just got, kind of, caught up in the heat of the moment. At the end of the day, you can never touch the officials. They have a hard enough job as it is, and to make it harder on them is just stupid. It's something I don't ever want to do from this point on."
Smith said he hadn't seen the replay and wasn't exactly sur...