After Matthews was called for a late hit out-of-bounds on 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the linebacker tussled with San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley. Fisticuffs ensued and Harbaugh took issue with Matthews’ fighting style.
“I could see two punches thrown to Joe’s head — well, one punch and one open slap, which . . . if you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles,” Harbaugh said. “I think that young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”
Matthews’ was fined $15,000 for the incident by the NFL, but that’s not the end of it. Staley’s fellow offensive line mate, right guard Alex Boone, had something else to say to Matthews’ on Friday, specifically what he thinks the linebacker deserves.
When asked by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area what kind of fine he would give Clay Matthews, 49ers right guard Alex Boone didn’t pull any punches, pun intended.
“Probably punch him in the face,” Boone said. “I don’t want his money.”
Perhaps this story will continue if the 49ers and Packers meet again in the playoffs, but for now the war of words through the media is what we’ll get.