By: Derek Havens
The NFL announced Wednesday New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been fined $50,000 for incident with referee after Sunday’s game.
The league cited Belichick had “impermissible physical contact with an official.” The referee was Esteban Garza.
Belichick was not the only coach around the league who was fined after this weekend though. Additionally, the NFL announced Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was fined $25,000 for verbally abusing an official after Washington’s loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
There is quite the difference in terms of amount between Shanahan’s and Belichick’s fines, but I am very not surprised. Not only did Shanahan verbally abuse the official while Belichick made contact, I think it is obvious the NFL wanted to make an example of the Pats Head Coach; even if Shanahan’s actions during the game seemed to be more egregious.
Fifty thousand is steep, but Belichick was prepared for any discipline the league would hand out. After saying, “No.” when asked if he would be fined in Sunday’s post-game conference, he said, “Whatever the league decides to do, I’ll respect.” on Wednesday morning.
Along those lines, the league is not pursuing discipline for any of player’s tweets after Monday’s officiating decision.
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