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September 11, 2013

Alexander fined $15K for throwing punch

Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander said he has been fined $15,750 for throwing a punch at Seattle right tackle Breno Giacomini in the Seahawks' 12-7 win in Week 1.

Alexander said he plans to appeal the fine, but admitted he was wrong for letting his emotions get the best of him.

"The league made their decision. So all I can do is just go with it and learn from the mistake, and just move on," Alexander said Wednesday. "It was one of those things, I got caught in the heat of the moment."

Carolina coach Ron Rivera warned his players the Seahawks were a chippy team. Giacomini and defensive end Greg Hardy were in a shoving match earlier in the game.

Alexander's punch drew a 15-yard penalty and an ejection. The personal foul negated Panthers safety Charles Godfrey's sack of Russell Wilson, and his disqualification affected the defensive end rotation.

"They warned us. But you get caught up in that moment," Alexander said. "Before I realized it, I had thrown the punch. I didn't mean to do it, but it was heat of the moment."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM | Permalink


**Newton Rules**

Alexander gets tossed and fined, but Cam gets a no-call on a forearm shiver to the gut of a Seattle defender.

Feel free to delete this one as you have the others ...

Posted by: The Unknown Disturber | Sep 11, 2013 4:46:52 PM

newton is a quarterback, they all rule. stop crying.

Posted by: mmotley510 | Sep 11, 2013 4:53:06 PM

Frank should have never been thrown out. But lets take it off Cam and look at the dude from green bay Matthews that slammed Kapernick out of bounds why was he not thrown out?

Posted by: David | Sep 11, 2013 4:59:04 PM

Tripplet was horrible in the game on Sunday. The two calls on Smith for going out of bounds and that phantom catch out of bouns by Seattle were horrible too.

Posted by: PantherJon | Sep 11, 2013 5:15:30 PM

Like I said before, Its a tough man's league. They have helmets on. Throwing a punch should never be an ejection. Warn and then eject if thats what you want to accomplish but give a player the benefit of the doubt in defending himself and standing his ground. Giacomini has his hands on Alexander's throat and kept pushing after the whistle. He deserved the punch.

Posted by: Jellybean | Sep 11, 2013 5:16:42 PM

Pretty sure he almost ran into an official as well, which is why he was ejected most likely. Refs don't like being toyed with, and if they feel threatened, they have the power to eject a player, regardless. I'm surprised no one else caught that little bit after the penalty. The same ref who ejected him is the one he ran into...

Posted by: Elliott | Sep 11, 2013 5:24:21 PM

He should be FIRED. 15K is chump change & these punks are NOT "sportsmen".

Posted by: Gene | Sep 11, 2013 5:30:10 PM

I could care less about this little infraction. In the Green Bay/49r's game right after the exact same thing happened and nothing was called. Everyone deserves a second chance in my opinion. If he does it again then trade him to Oakland. That is more punishment than anyone deserves.

On another note. Could someone please write an article about why this team has not gone out and brought in more O-Line help? Please! I want to know!

Posted by: dennis | Sep 11, 2013 5:49:45 PM

He should be fired for hurting the team by being stupid. Send a message to all the other reserves.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Sep 11, 2013 5:56:29 PM

If he was fired for being stupid, we would have lost half the team. Steve Smith would have been the first one out the door years ago.
What he did was stupid but worse still was the sideline reaction. They embarrassed him and Armond Smith. That sideline and team has no cohesive spirit about it.
A Seattle player screws up, they get support. Our guys get yelled at and embarrassed.
Once again, this kind of immaturity goes straight to a leaderless coach.

Posted by: Rob K | Sep 11, 2013 6:18:38 PM

Alexander gets booted but Greenbay's Matthews doesn't for the same action. A little consistency would be nice NFL.

Posted by: Jbob | Sep 11, 2013 6:49:37 PM

matthews threw a punch? news to me.

i thought what alexander did was petty, but it was the timing that was killer. it wasn't at the end of a big play making it bigger, it was after a sack. that's just demoralizing for the guys doing their job.

i like steve smith's fire on the sideline holding guys accountable but smith definitely didn't deserve it either times. both of those penalties were refs trying to be famous by making vague technical calls to get some tv time. the purpose of the rule is to keep a guy from intentionally running out of bounds and in bounds to blind side a guy who doesn't see his opponent on the field. but when a team is forcing a guy out - that's a different animal entirely. he didn't gain advantage by being blocked out of bounds and shouldn't have been penalized for it.

and smith shouldn't have been lighting him up for it either. should have been lighting up the DA ref (no district attorney).

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 11, 2013 7:09:00 PM

This team is what the experts are calling an average team at best. Their wins will be between 6-10 to 8-8 this year. They have a very good D-Line and middle linebacker now. They have a horrible O-Line, a running game that is overpriced for the amount of production that they are producing, a secondary that can't cover the top flight receivers of the NFL, a No. 2 and 3 receiver corps that can't get open as often as the need to, let alone catch balls as often as they drop them and a QB that after two full seasons under his belt and as athletic as he is, can't seem to throw good passes on a consistent basis. Oh and a coaching staff that can't seem to make the right mid-game adjustments in order to score any points when needed. In other words, David Gettleman has one big mess on his hands. If I have said anything that is incorrect in my post, by all mean, please point it out.

Posted by: vinny_57 | Sep 12, 2013 10:46:51 AM

The way I see it is The defense line coach should of been the only person lighting up the player that made the mistake not Steve Smith...Smith needs to concentrate on Steve..Looks like micro managing issues.But then again the coaching staff isnt making adjustments through out the game and nobodys calling them out. I have been a loyal Panther fan since they started but Im beginning to think everything is rigged i mean there is so much money at stake at the top and when money and greed are involved in VEGAS LINE BETTING iS IT possible they can control the outcome of a game..You tell me.

Posted by: joe | Sep 12, 2013 1:42:57 PM

Everyone please heed this:
Who scouts for the panthers I mean HOW and WHY
let me go down the list.

1st we don`t pick up Jim Harbough we get RR.

2nd Andrew Luck WE should of thrown away the season just like the colts did to get him but we settle for Mr. shines at times.

3rd I`m hoping Mr. Gettleman gets it right and demands better play from this team or fields a new one. He came from a winning organization and should demand the same FORMULA here.He knows what it takes in this league to be a winning franchise ....dont get in his way Jerry..

Posted by: joe | Sep 12, 2013 2:02:59 PM

Maybe they should start wearing pink and play two-hand touch.

Posted by: Holmes | Sep 12, 2013 2:10:24 PM

joe - you are assuming harbaugh would even come here....he was at stanford at the time. he has no ties to the area and was in no rush to get a pro job. 49ers gave him a much better job than we could offer to cater to his wants.

throw away another year for andrew luck? the margin between luck and newton is minimal. there's a margin sure, but it's not like newton is blaine gabbert.

our problem is coaching. we hired the wrong guy. no doubt. rivera is NOT head coaching material. his reaction to the loss sunday was evidence of that. the game plan wasn't the problem, we just came up short. he wants to scrap the entire plan because we lost a close game to a good team. that's completely inappropriate.

shula called a great game. a few drops, a fumble, going for it on 4th and inches.....a punt return gaff.....3 big penalties. that was the game right there. gameplan worked. gave us the lead, gave us a chance to win in the end.

rivera just doesn't get it.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 12, 2013 2:52:25 PM

I thought Steve Smith was way out of line the way he yelled and treated Smith. Steve can't seem to handle things well sometimes therefore should not. He has enough to do with himself. Besides some things should be left to coaches not players.

Posted by: Mark | Sep 12, 2013 4:36:09 PM

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