NFL fines Patriots’ Belichick, Redskins’ Shanahan
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL has slapped a $50,000 fine on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for grabbing a replacement official after his team’s 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.
The NFL also fined Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan $25,000 for berating an official Sunday.
“New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have been notified that they have been fined for violating the rule prohibiting abuse of game officials,” the NFL said in a statement.
“Belichick was fined $50,000 for impermissible physical contact with an official after Sunday night’s Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game,” it added.
After the incident, Belichick explained that he’s just trying to get the official’s attention to determine if Ravens kicker Justin Tuck’s game-winning field goal was under review.
“I’ve already commented on that the other day and I don’t have anything to add,” said Belichick when asked to react about the fine. “Whatever the league decides to do, I’ll respect and just keep trying to do my job.”
The Patriots later tweeted a statement from Belichick. “It was inappropriate for me to contact the official,” Belichick said. “I take responsibility for what happened. I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore.”
Meanwhile, NFL.com reported that Green Bay Packers players will not be fined for their post-game remarks after a controversial loss to the Seattle Seahawks.