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Whitner fined $21K for hit vs. Rams

San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) celebrates his interception against the St. Louis Rams during the first half
49ers safety Donte Whitner got hit in the wallet.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)

San Francisco strong safety Donte Whitner learned Tuesday he was being fined $21,000 for his hit on St. Louis Rams' wide receiver Chris Givens in the end zone with just under six minutes to play in Thursday's 35-11 49ers victory.

Whitner said he would appeal the stiff penalty and has made up T-shirts with (hash)LegalHitner on the front that he will sell to drum up support.

Whitner appeared to turn his shoulder into Givens in a successful attempt to knock the ball loose. He was called for unnecessary roughness when he appeared to make contact with Givens' helmet.

The Rams scored on the next play.

Tagged: Rams, 49ers, Donte Whitner, Chris Givens

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