Williams said Thursday that he was fined $26,000, but the exact amount likely was $26,250, which is the minimum fine for that offense. The NFL confirms most fines on Friday. He was hit with the same fine that Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook received this week for making contact with an official in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Unlike Williams, Cook was ejected.
“I think they might have said, ‘OK guys let’s emphasize this,’” Williams said. “But I mean, c’mon man, the referee’s on the field just like us. I didn’t think Chris Cook's was actually that bad for him to get thrown out.”
After the game, Williams called it a “total misunderstanding.”
On Thursday, he said Lions center Dominic Raiola shoved him at the end of the play -- a 1-yard touchdown run by Joique Bell in the fourth quarter. Williams appeared to be walking toward Raiola when back judge Dino Paganelli walked in between the two. Williams then brushed away Paganelli.
“I don’t think I initiated the contact, but I did finish the contact, I guess,” Williams said.
Williams said he planned to appeal the fine.
“Didn’t mean any harm by it at all,” Williams said. “Wouldn’t do that if I knew who it was. Hopefully they give me some money back.”