Whitner was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play when he drove his shoulder into Givens' face mask and dislodged the ball. He was flagged for a personal foul penalty for hitting a defenseless player above the shoulder.
The league deemed the hit a finable offense, but Whitner told The Sacramento Bee that Givens told him after the play that he believed it was a clean hit.
"If the guy that was hit thought it was legal, then I don't know what else to do," Whitner said.
Whitner said he was aiming lower than Givens' shoulders, but the wide receiver dipped into his hit.
"The game is changing," Whitner said Tuesday. "I don't know what we can do as players -- just put flags on and pull those off. Maybe fans will like that. Maybe not."