Dashon Goldson says he was wrong punching Early Doucet
San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson said he “kind of lost it” on Sunday when he was ejected after punching Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet.
The dust-up happened in the fourth quarter and Goldson apologized to teammates after the game, according to the Sacramento Bee.
There was a bit of a buildup to Goldson’s punches. Doucet claimed he was reacting to a cheap shot from Goldson whyen he hit the safety in the back of the helmet as he got off the ground. Apparently, game officials didn’t see that contact. But they saw all they needed to when Goldson responded with two punches, earning a 15-yard penalty and a quick trip to the showers.
“What happened is, he was running his route, and we kind of ran into each other, and we both fell," Goldson said. "I'm looking around to see if the ref saw anything, and all I feel is two punches to the head. I just got up and retaliated.
"It wasn't a smart decision on my behalf. That's just something I can't do as a vet and as a leader on this football team. I expressed that to my football team yesterday and to my coaches and let them know I'm willing to accept my punishment, whatever the case may be, and it won't happen again."
Expect a hefty fine for Goldson from the NFL this week. Chicago Bears nickel back D.J. Moore was just fined $15,000 for roughing Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after a play, leading to a small skirmish. Depending on what the league fines, Doucet could be fined also.
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