The fines were finally handed down today from the NFL to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and other coaches for actions construed as misconduct towards replacement referees–and they are steep.
Belichick has to pay $50,000 for touching a replacement referee’s arm when he wanted clarification on a call made at the end of the game between the Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens.
So, what is the NFL going to do to Washington Redskins coach Kyle Shanahan, who actually ran after refs into the player’s tunnel and yelled at them? They gave him a $25,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct. Really? That seems a bit unfair. He actually chased down the refs in anger but was only given half the fine handed to Belichick, who wanted an explanation before the refs ran off the field?
What about Ravens coach John Harbaugh for shouting and bumping a ref on the field? He got nothing after his case was reviewed. Harbaugh said the bump was inadvertent when he went out on the field to get their attention to a time out he was trying to call.
Belichick was just trying to get the ref’s attention too. He wasn’t yelling, swearing or even arguing a call–he wanted an explanation of what it was and what happened. $50,000 for it? That doesn’t seem too fair.
Belichick had a news conference early this morning before the team practice and before the fines were announced. He did say he would respect whatever the league decided, but will he respect all $50,000 of the decision? What will Belichick say now?
He won’t be available for a comment on it until tomorrow morning’s media session at practice, if he even comments at all. He is always professional and businesslike, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t even mentioned by him, at least.
Do you think $50K is a bit much compared to what Shanahan did and got fined?