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Panthers’ Kawann Short: No, Purdue fans, I wasn’t throwing punch at Saints’ Drew Brees

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (99) said this shot to the face of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9), which drew an $18,000 fine, was unintentional, and he intends to appeal.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (99) said this shot to the face of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9), which drew an $18,000 fine, was unintentional, and he intends to appeal. AP

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short has a message for those people bashing him on social media for his Purdue-on-Purdue crime.

Short says he wasn’t trying to hit Saints quarterback and fellow Boilermaker Drew Brees in the face on a play that resulted in a bloody lip for Brees and a penalty and $18,000 fine for Short.

Short says he plans to appeal the fine assessed last week for his open-hand hit during the fourth quarter of the Saints’ 41-38 victory on Oct. 16.

“It was incidental. Check my resume. I’ve never done anything like that. So why would I start now?” Short said. “It was just at the moment that he pump-faked ... and I just put my hand to try to hit him in the chest. But he’s short, so it wasn’t intentional. I wasn’t doing it out of spite or anything.”

Short says he respects Brees as a player and a person. And he learned in the days following the game that Brees still has a lot of fans among the Purdue faithful.

“I got a lot of hate messages for that. ‘It was Drew Brees. It’s a former Boilermaker,’” Short said. “’But I was just doing my job.”

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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