San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner talked on Monday about his jarring hit on New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas and how each day he is asked about it. Whitner gets so much attention now because of the hit that he tried taking class at San Jose State in the offseason to finish his degree in business and consumer affairs, but had to start taking online courses because people kept bugging him about the hit. When discussing the hit that knocked out Thomas, Whitner could not hold back his thoughts on the Saints bounty scandal, saying,
If you have the right type of guys in that room, you don’t have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard. It’s going to come naturally. That’s the type of guys we have on our defense. That’s why we don’t have to do those type of things.
Saints starting linebacker Scott Shanle, who has played in New Orleans since 2006, took issue with Whitner’s comments and took to Twitter to express his discontent. Shanle wrote on Twitter,
Guy needs to shut his mouth and mind his own business. Don’t remember them winning the superbowl. U still ringless. We got one and working on two now. Try to keep up.
This started off a Twitter war of words not between Shanle and Whitner, but between the Saints linebacker and 49ers fans. Here are some highlights,
WTF Scott…first off we got 5 superbowls..so i don’t know what the (expletive) your talking about….so keep up sucka..scrub
@NinerNiral tweeted back,
Your precious ring has an asterisk by it because of the bounty scandal. You guys put cheap shots on Favre all game long.
Shanle hit back with,
no it doesn’t see no asterisk! (The tweet included this picture of the bird. No, not the Twitter bird but of the flipping off variety.)
In the end Shanle tweeted,
Alright 49ers fans its been fun but I got 2 get back 2 work. That’s something we do in Louisiana so our state isn’t bankrupt. Im outta here.
Social media has no many positives in our world, but also just as many negatives. I would file this one under positive because it is a hilarious and witty exchange between Shanle and Niner fans. Shanle’s last tweet about California being bankrupt is priceless because it is true. Three cities in California (San Bernardino, Stockton and Mammoth Lakes) have all filed for bankruptcy in the last month.
Apparently, the hit from Whitner on Thomas is still a “sore subject” with Saints fans. We expected that, but now we know with Shanle’s reaction to Whitner’s and Niner fans comments it is still a sore subject with Saints players. Ask a Saints fan and they will say it was a cheap, helmet-to-helmet hit from Whitner that knocked Thomas out of the game. The hit on Thomas stopped the Saints opening drive and turned the momentum towards the 49ers early on in the game.
For all of the big hits Saints defensive players handed out during the course of their bounty hunting days, it’s funny that it wasn’t a Saints player who laid out the most memorable hit of the NFC Divisional Playoff game, but it was a 49ers player delivering the hit that changed the game.
In case you forgot or live under a rock, Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for implementing a bounty system which awarded money for knocking out a player from the opposing team for the game. During the week of the 49ers vs. Saints playoff game, Williams was recorded instructing his defensive players to target specific areas of the body on 49ers offensive players.
The 49ers will travel to New Orleans this season on November 25 to play the Saints. There was already a big, red circle around the game on the 49ers Faithful and Who Dat Nation calendars. Now, there are a lot more circles and the ink is turning crimson red.