Belichick will be fined, but not suspended, for contacting referee

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Belichick will be fined, but not suspended, for contacting referee

How much does it cost to grab an NFL replacement ref's arm at the end of a long, maddening night that ends with a controversial call?

Less than we thought.

Monday speculation was that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick might be suspended for grabbing an official at the end of the Patriots 31-30 loss to the Ravens.

We've confirmed that Belichick will just be fined.

We've also heard from multiple sources that the fine is expected to be 50,000. We were unable to get league confirmation on that.

Three incidents between coaches and officials were on the NFL's radar since Sunday.
Chick Hernandez of CSN Washington first reported that Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would be fined 25,000 for chasing an official into the tunnel after a blunder in the Redskins-Bengals game.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who was verbally rough to officials from the sidelines Sunday night (not without cause), will not be fined.

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.