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Saints News, 1/17/14: Saints Safety Rafael Bush Fined $21k For Hit To Percy Harvin

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I saw that play last Saturday during the Divisional Playoff game in Seattle and it looked like Bush led with his shoulder. The NFL's officiating and fining policy has become so inconsistent that the sport is becoming too ridiculous. How can fans continue to support the teams of this league when such inconsistency and poor officiating not only continues to exist but seems to get even worse with each passing season?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rafael Bush fined $21,000 for hit that knocked out Percy Harvin <a href="http://t.co/5DrrJMG7Rk">http://t.co/5DrrJMG7Rk</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/424291421550419968">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4">@KennyVaccaro4</a> they coming full throttle lmao</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/424290939377446912">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Anybody know me knows I play fast and physical but it’s all good y’all have a blessed day</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/424289432376573952">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Should the Seahawks win, they have every reason to believe Harvin would be back for the Super Bowl. His presence certainly alters things</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/424290455040585728">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pete Carroll has confirmed that Percy Harvin will not play in the NFC Championship vs. San Fran. <a href="http://t.co/tflEoUtdV1">http://t.co/tflEoUtdV1</a></p>&mdash; NBC Sports (@NBCSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCSports/statuses/424289462013952000">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Percy Harvin has played a total of 40 snaps as a Seahawk. 19 on offense, 2 on special teams on 11/17. And 19, all on offense, last Saturday.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/424290257928871936">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/hwkbgr">@hwkbgr</a>: I generally avoid direct mentions when talking about players, but not <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36">@rbush36</a>. F*ck that guy." Don’t be disrespect</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/424288289449717760">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What’s up with all the ppl in my mentions all the seahawks fans should y’all worry about the 49ers??</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/424288482266472448">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dang they salty</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/424288200765341696">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Use failure as motivation to work harder!!</p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/424287520948359168">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pete Carroll on Percy Harvin’s status: "He will not make it through the doctor’s protocol." …Harvin is OUT.</p>&mdash; Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDarlington/statuses/424286030062055425">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Future is bright for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> defense, but one glaring area for improvement: Forcing turnovers <a href="http://t.co/bxvgw8SlcJ">http://t.co/bxvgw8SlcJ</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/statuses/424272976108732417">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16">@LanceMoore16</a> incase you were looking for a new TD dance: <a href="http://t.co/u7BlzxYg3H">http://t.co/u7BlzxYg3H</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/424271043394424834">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>First day of piano lessons! Starting from square one. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NewChallenge&amp;src=hash">#NewChallenge</a> <a href="http://t.co/kDIUjNU2TJ">pic.twitter.com/kDIUjNU2TJ</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/424255860375048192">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I nominate <a href="https://t.co/2UGyFCna5f">https://t.co/2UGyFCna5f</a> for the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23VineOfTheYear&amp;src=hash">#VineOfTheYear</a> Shorty Award because Steve Gleason shows Awesome Ain&#39;t Easy <a href="http://t.co/CD780hkcKj">http://t.co/CD780hkcKj</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/424291975391899648">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Interesting note here: Looking up some stuff on Vaccaro. Easily the most impact of any of the top 15 picks. 1 of top 3 in impact from 1st rd</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/424228637882077185">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Vaccaro finished with 77 tackles, 1 sack, 4 TFL, 3 QB hits, 1 INT, 8 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble. Other than OL ahead of him (they&#39;re..</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/424229012596998144">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>...hard to quantify), no one ahead of him contributed more. At least, in my opinion. Probably can make a case for Star Lotulelei.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/424229210987585537">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>And the thing w/ Vaccaro is that when you weren&#39;t hearing his name called, it was a good. Helped shut down some of the top TEs they played.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/424229775352156160">January 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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