As expected, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has been fined for making physical contact with a game official after a questionable roughing the passer penalty in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.
According to ESPN.com, the league will lift $15,000 out of Harbaugh’s wallet, both for the physical touching and the verbal assault directed to side judge Ron Marinucci.
“I was a little animated in describing the strike zone, and I think
he understood the emotions of it,” Harbaugh said, according to The
Baltimore Sun (via ESPN).
“I’ll make sure that I let him know that I think I
was over the line in my animation without question, and that’s never
something you want to do. And the point is we had great conversations
with those guys throughout the game. We respected — we disagreed and it
was animated — but it was respectful throughout. And I know Ron
understood that it was respectful, so it should be OK.”
We agree that Harbaugh didn’t intend to be respectful, but touching the official in any way is per se disrespectful. The league smartly puts a bubble around these guys, so that there will be no gray area when it comes to deciding whether that punch to the jaw was actually a gesture of intimacy.