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January 4, 2013
Crabtree's toss costs him $10,500

Michael Crabtree threw a ball into the Candlestick Park stands after his touchdowns Sunday. But the freebies came with a price.

The league this week fined Crabtree $10,500 for the action. Handing or gently tossing balls to fans is permitted. But the league worries that throwing a ball willy nilly into the stands could be a safety issue if fans start leaping over each other and fighting for incoming footballs.

Meanwhile, Aldon Smith was not fined for the block he threw on Cardinals guard - and former 49er - Adam Snyder following a late interception. Snyder had to be helped off the field and Smith was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

***Addendum*** Frank Gore also was fined for throwing the ball into the stands after his rushing touchdown Sunday.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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