To illustrate his point, Harbaugh was a little too demonstrative. As instantly spotted by NBC’s Rodney Harrison while scanning the nine-screen wall in the 30 Rock viewing room, Harbaugh made contact with an official. Specifically, he karate chopped a nearby official in the chest and in the leg with 6:35 remaining in the game, in an apparent effort to demonstrate that the hit from linebacker Terrell Suggs on Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer came within the “strike zone” that applies to the passer.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Harbaugh will be fined for making contact with an official.
Harbaugh’s lucky he didn’t get ejected. Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes made contact with an official while arguing a call on Sunday, and he received the boot.
In all fairness, Scott Green should have been fined for slapping Jay Cutler in the face last year. Then again, a persuasive argument could be made that Cutler needs to be slapped in the face.