NFL Fines Bill Belichick and Kyle Shanahan
(NEW YORK) — The NFL has fined Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan $25,000 on Wednesday for his unsportsmanlike penalty in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. And New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 for “impermissible physical contact with an official” after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.
Shanahan was caught by television cameras profanely criticizing one of the officials after the game.
“When I overheard the official tell the head coach that the game was over after the false start penalty, I tried to explain that the game was not over,” Shanahan said on Monday. “That is what resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I tried to get an explanation of how I could get that penalty when half of the other team was on the field as well.
“I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from the officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way.”
As for Belichick, he explained his reasoning for going up to a replacement official on Sunday.
“I was trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call/play in that game. That’s the No. 1 thing between coaches and officials, it’s always at the forefront, just communication of what’s going on and what’s happening.”
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