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Vikings safety Sharper fined $15K for bumping referee

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings free safety
Darren Sharper was fined $15,000 on Friday for bumping into an official
during last week's loss at Miami.

A league spokesman said the fine was for "impermissable
physical contact with a game official. Specifically while pursuing
a pass play, he ran directly toward the game official and shoved
him to the ground."

The play happened during the third quarter of Sunday's 24-20
loss to the Dolphins.

Sharper was surprised when he found a letter from the NFL in his
locker on Friday morning and called the contact accidental.

"There's no story here," he said. "I'm going to appeal it and
that money's coming right back."