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Harper says he's upset Mum saw ump confrontation

  • Harper says he's upset Mum saw ump confrontation

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Bryce Harper says he'll let the Players' Association handle his appeal process after the Washington Nationals superstar received a one-game suspension for Monday's altercation with umpire Brian Knight.

Besides, he has bigger things to worry about.

"I think the union, they'll take care of that and figure out what happens," Harper told ESPN's Eddie Matz after playing in Wednesday's historic 20-strikeout gem by Max Scherzer. "I think the only person that I'm pretty upset that saw it was my mom. I told her, 'Sorry.' I texted her after the game. So I think those are certain things that just happen. You live and you learn. Nothing I can do."

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Harper, who was ejected from the dugout for arguing balls and strikes during the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers, returned to the field to celebrate Clint Robinson's walk-off home run and was caught cursing at the umpire.

When asked by a reporter about the possibility of getting fined, Harper said: ''If I do, I do. I'll pay it. Maybe (Knight will) get fined, too. So we'll see.''

Harper is expected to receive a fine in addition to the suspension, which the league said was in response to returning to the field and for directing an expletive towards an umpire.

The reigning National League MVP collected a pair of hits and added to his league-leading walk total in the Nationals' 3-2 win Monday night.

(Video courtesy: MLB.com)

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