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By PFW staff

Updated 3:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 26

The NFL fined Patriots head coach Bill Belichick $50,000 for “impermissible physical contact with an official.”

Following the end of the Patriots-Ravens game on Sunday evening, Belichick ran after one of the officials because he wanted to know why they did not review Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal. Belichick grabbed the arm of the official to get his attention.

Belichick released the following statement regarding the fine: "It was inappropriate for me to contact the official. I take responsibility for what happened. I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore."

On Monday, Belichick explained the incident.

“When the game was over, I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether the play was under review and I did try to get the official’s attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn’t able to do that,” he told reporters. “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 that they do. I was just trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call, play, in that game.”

 

 

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