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49ers' Kyle Shanahan defends Nick Bosa from 'cheap shot' allegations

49ers' Kyle Shanahan defends Nick Bosa from 'cheap shot' allegations

SANTA CLARA – Defensive end Nick Bosa paid the price Saturday with a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. He also is subject to a fine of $28,075 for his blindside block on Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Brian O'Neill.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, while admitting Bosa committed a penalty, defended the rookie from cries that the play was dirty.

“I think people say ‘cheap shot’ when somebody gets hit violently and to me ‘cheap shot’ means your intent is to try to hurt someone,” Shanahan said Monday. “And I don’t think he’s thinking about that at all. That’s a normal block in football for a long time. The guy wasn’t completely out of the play. It was a guy who could’ve made the tackle, and Bosa went and hit him. That’s a rule. You can’t do that right now. You can’t hit a guy in that position.”

Bosa made the block on O’Neill after Richard Sherman intercepted a pass from Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 27-10 victory in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium. O’Neill did not return to the game after being evaluated for a concussion.

Afterward, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he believed Bosa's hit was a cheap shot.

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Shanahan said the play will serve as a teaching point to his players on those quick-change plays. Shanahan said players are taught not to initiate contact with a player whose head is turned and not ready to engage.

“Basically got to set a screen, which means let him hit you and just take it,” Shanahan said. “That’s part of this game. That’s what you got to do. And that’s what we’ll coach him up to do because you will get a penalty for that. But to say it’s a cheap shot means you’re trying to hurt someone and stuff, and I know that wasn’t the case.”

Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

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Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start to summer in the United States.

It's also a big benchmark on the sports calendar.

The 2020 MLB season should have been in full swing, ready to turn the page on its second month. Monday would have been filled with pageantry at the ballparks around the country as teams honored our military servicepeople and veterans.

The NBA and NHL playoffs, likely without all three Northern California teams, should have been in the conference finals stage.

Instead, this was a very different Memorial Day due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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That didn't stop Bay Area athletes and teams from celebrating the holiday on social media:

We hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day.

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

We’re all in this together.

The 49ers partnered up with the California Air National Guard to salute those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The flyover was handled by the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said sports could return to the state by the first week of June, so we hopefully will be seeing the Niners take the field at Levi’s Stadium this fall.

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