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: