Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/8/12
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith made a costly mistake Sunday, pushing a referee as Smith and Titansreceiver Nate Washington were being separated.

Referee Jeff Triplette later explained, "He grabbed the official when the official was trying to separate them and pushed the official to the side," he said. "That's an automatic ejection."

Smith later apologized, but that won't help him when it comes time to doling out a fine. Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for simply trying to get a ref's attention by grabbing his arm. Smith blatantly shoved one. A real ref to boot, not a replacement.

"I've lost my head before," Smith said, via Tom Pelissero of ESPN Twin Cities, "but I've never had an incident with an official. I completely apologize for that."

"Right after I moved the ref, I realized it was a ref, and I realized that that was stupid and I should never do that, Smith said. "Stupid by me. I should never put the officials in a position like that. I should never touch them. I know that."
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