Donte Whitner spoke to the media sharing his frustration at the calls on the field from his penalties for personal foul hits this season. He said he wasn't doing anything illegal.
"I [wasn't] not launching and I [wasn't] using the crown of my helmet," Whitner said at his locker. "I play the way this game is supposed to be played."
On Thursday afternoon, Whitner announced on his Twitter that he wasn't fined for his hit on Falcons RB Steven Jackson. Whitner was flagged for a personal foul penalty as well as unsportsmanlike conduct for arguing the call. The Falcons scored a touchdown immediately on the next play.
There have been several hits that give a perception that the referees have flagged him for personal fouls. From hits against the Colts, Rams and Buccaneers earlier this season, Whitner has not been fined for any of them.
Whitner said he is self-conscious of how he hits opposing players legally. He wasn't happy when he was flagged for something he didn't do.
"From the hit in St Louis, I made sure I turned my head, lowered shoulder and aimed to mid-section," Whitner said. "This goes back to [playing against Indianapolis]. [Even against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers], I didn't even touch the player. If you look at every hit, that's how you play football."
The veteran safety said these are hits that bring momentum towards the 49ers as the defense and offense can feed off of it. At the end of the 2013 season, he will legally change his name to "Donte Hitner" as he couldn't be present for the court date in Ohio earlier this year.
Whitner is hoping that the NFL can review penalties to show how some legal hits are wrongfully flagged. He has been thankful to not be fined this season.
"[My hits] have not been paralyzing and I haven't given up one dollar this year for personal fouls," Whitner said. "This is a time to look at it and evaluate from here, I did nothing wrong."