Huffpost Sports

Bill Belichick Fined $50,000 For Grabbing Ref: Kyle Shanahan Fined $25,000

Posted: Updated:
Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells at an official following an offensive interference penalty against the Patriots in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells at an official following an offensive interference penalty against the Patriots in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Washington Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 on Wednesday for their conduct toward replacement officials.

The fines come as the league and its referees' union were meeting amid reports they were close to ending the lockout of the regular officials.

Belichick grabbed an official's arm at the end of Sunday night's game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal. Shanahan was cited by the league for "abuse of officials" in Washington's loss to Cincinnati.

"It was inappropriate for me to contact the official. I take responsibility for what happened," Belichick said in statement released by the team. " I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore."

Shanahan, the son of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for berating officials in the final seconds of the Redskins' 38-31 loss. He also confronted an official in a stadium tunnel after the game.

"Any time you do what he did you're going to get fined, and that's the nature of the game," Mike Shanahan said. "If you don't abide by the rules, you're going to pay a penalty and usually after a guy pays 25 grand, they usually learn very quickly."

Also, the NFL said Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh won't be fined for making contact with a game official during Sunday's 31-30 win over New England. Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of football operations, said Harbaugh did not violate the rule regarding abuse of officials.

On Monday, the league fined Broncos coach John Fox $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for berating officials during a loss to Atlanta on Sept. 17.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
NFL Replacement Refs Arguing With Coaches
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Belichick fined $50000 for ref run-in

Bill Belichick's 50K fine was too excessive

Belichick fined $50000 for grabbing referee after game

Patriots' Belichick fined for contact with official

Deal Between NFL and Locked-Out Referees Done, & Bill Belichick Fined

Kyle Shanahan fined $25000

Bill Belichick explains grabbing refs

NFL fines Bill Belichick $50000 for grabbing official

Source -- Kyle Shanahan fined $25,000; Bill Belichick and John ...

Bill Belichick to receive fine Wednesday for grabbing referee - NFL ...

REPORT: Skins' Kyle Shanahan Fined $25K For Berating Officials

Kyle Shanahan says 'emotions got the best' of him

NFL issues fines to Belichick, Shanahan

From Our Partners