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September 13, 2013
With knuckles: Boone would rather punch Matthews than fine him


Jim Harbaugh today said he had "zero" to say about the $15,000 fine levied against Packers linebacker Clay Matthews for his late hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Right guard Alex Boone, however, wasn't about to hold his tongue.

Told of the amount, Boone said, "Good." What amount would he have fined Matthews? "Probably just punch him in the face," he said. "I don't want his money."

Boone and left tackle Joe Staley seemed to be particularly worked up after Matthews' hit and the brief melee on the sideline that ensued. NFL Films caught the two when they returned to the 49ers' side of the field.

Said an animated Boone to Kaepernick: "That ain't going to be tolerated at all."

Kaepernick: "I got you, I got you."

Staley to Kaepernick: "I hear you about that, but we're setting a precedent. No one is (expletive) hitting you late."

When he was asked about Matthews' fine, Harbaugh said, "I have no reaction to it. I have zero reaction to the fines. They're at the discretion of the league. I have nothing to say about that publicly."

Harbaugh appeared to dodge his own fine. At the start of the Packers game, he was wearing a sweatshirt issued by the league's previous sponsor, Reebok, instead of the current one, Nike. He changed clothes at half time and later called it an innocent mistake. (After all, all of his clothes look alike).

- Matt 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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