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BOSTON (CBS) – Bill Belichick’s wallet will be a little lighter come Wednesday afternoon, according to a report.
NFL.com is reporting the league will announce the Patriots head coach’s fine on Wednesday for grabbing a referee following Sunday night’s 31-30 loss to the Ravens.
Belichick explained his actions on Monday, saying he was only trying to get the official’s attention for an explanation about the Ravens’ game-winning field goal as time expired.
“I was trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call, an important play in that game,” Belichick said Monday. “I’ve coached in this league a long time and never been penalized, never had any incidents with officials or anything like that. I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job they do.”
While the amount is unknown at the moment, it’s expected to be anywhere from $25,000 to as much as $75,000 (and potentially more). The NFL has made it clear they do not want players or coaches badmouthing the replacement officials this season, and there are strict rules about making contact with officials.
Belichick is not expected to be suspended for his actions.
Just this week, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was reportedly fined $25,000 for berating officials following Washington’s 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who bumping into a ref during Sunday’s game, will not be fined, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported Monday.