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