No Fines For Ravens Comments

Ian Logue
October 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm ET

According to an article in USA Today this afternoon, NFL VP of football operations Ray Anderson reportedly ruled today there will be no fines for Ravens players or coaches who were critical of the officiating following Sunday’s loss in New England.

“Without totally going off the wall, it is embarrassing to the game,” Ray Lewis told reporters after the game regarding the officiating. “Brady is good enough to make his own plays, let him make the play. When you have two great teams that are going at it, let them go at it. Did (the penalties) win or lose the game? No, but it got them 14 points.”

This ruling is interesting due to the simple fact that this sets a precident that apparently players can indirectly criticize officiating without the risk of being penalized. I have to say I’m somewhat surprised considering how stringent the league has been regarding similar comments made by others against the officials, but it looks like they’re letting the Ravens off the hook for this one.

Here is a video of Lewis’ rant, along with the Rodney Harrison “Skirt” comments:

  • Brittany

    The league didn’t “let the Ravens off the hook.” The league is looking for the media to let THE LEAGUE off the hook. The NFL is hoping no fines will make this horrendous story just go away. Ray was right – it was an embarrassing day for officiating. I wasn’t aware of the fact that penalty flags are now thrown for “ulterior motives” and “intentions.” The NFL has no love affair with the Ravens and has been coddling the Patriots for almost a decade. If the powers that be had thought the Ravens were wrong, the Ravens would have been fined very quickly.

    The absence of a fine is tantamount to the league admitting guilt, especially considering that ONLY Patsie fans – and not even ALL of you, matter of fact, just the homer ones – are even trying to defend the refs’ blindness… and Brady’s babyishness.

  • jim

    Are you serious? Brady’s babyishness? He just sat out an entire season with knee surgery and came close again with Suggs “cheap shot” attempt at his knees. Contact WAS made, so there was no intentions.