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Bill Belichick: Contact with the official is inappropriate and I apologize

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick has acknowledged that he was wrong for grabbing an official after Sunday night’s game and issued an apology.

In a statement released by the team, Belichick said he accepts the NFL’s $50,000 fine for his actions, which came as he was exiting the field following New England’s 31-30 loss at Baltimore.

“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,” Belichick said.

That statement shows more contrition than Belichick did on Monday, when he said he meant no disrespect and just wanted to ask the official whether the Ravens’ game-winning field goal would be reviewed. Time to reflect, and money taken out of his pocket, has led Belichick to issue a mea culpa.

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78 Responses to “Bill Belichick: Contact with the official is inappropriate and I apologize”
  1. kattykathy says: Sep 26, 2012 3:34 PM

    Cheating is inappropriate also.
    Still waiting for an apology instead of claiming a “misinterpretation” of the rules

  2. norseyapper says: Sep 26, 2012 3:36 PM

    oooooh, 50 grand AND having to say you’re sorry. That IS steep!

  3. crunchyclam says: Sep 26, 2012 3:38 PM

    Most fined coach in sports’ history. He got off easy, considering this isn’t his first gross infraction of NFL rules.

  4. logicalthinkersays says: Sep 26, 2012 3:38 PM

    Waiting for apology about Spygate.

  5. norseyapper says: Sep 26, 2012 3:39 PM

    Now what he really wanted to say is, “Yes, I am sorry for grabbing his elbow, since what I really wanted to do was smack him over the nose with a rolled up newspaper.”

  6. kingkreg12 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:39 PM

    Like I said earlier, his approach to the situation was wrong, but he was justified in his intent to question why the play was not reviewed. Next time I am sure he will not take the same approach. Everyone can Chris about 50 k being nothing, but even the wealthy don’t have that kind o cash ready to ligh on fire.

  7. geniusfan says: Sep 26, 2012 3:39 PM

    It’s borderline sickening seeing the media’s glee at Belichick being fined. It’s like a group of teenage girls getting to see Justin Bieber.

  8. lanflfan says: Sep 26, 2012 3:39 PM

    The fine seems about right, and good to hear Belichick tow the company line. He also had a fair question to ask.

    Though contact with the officials is always inappropriate, the regular ref’s probably would have handled the situation better, including possibly telling the crowd that the play could not be reviewed and heading off this whole ugly scene. Reason number 1,987,912 why the referee lockout needs to end NOW.

  9. mavajo says: Sep 26, 2012 3:40 PM

    I don’t understand the assumption that the $50k fine would move him to apologize. Does the fine get reduced if he apologizes? No? Then I doubt that’s a factor.

  10. randallflagg52 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    I’ll never understand how so many people can hate Pete Carroll for being “fake” and a “cheater”, yet completely give this guy a free pass. Judging by the comments on some articles, it seems Carroll has 3X the amount of detractors.

  11. gronkspike802 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:44 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is, the guy barely touched his arm. Someone actually said that they should press charges for assault. I get that it’s against the rules and he should be fined, but these people saying he should be suspended are completely out of their minds.

  12. patriotsdiehard says: Sep 26, 2012 3:45 PM

    You people that keep bringing up this cheating nonsense need to grow up. Every single team in the NFL does what the Patriots got caught doing. Get over it.

  13. wte1 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:47 PM

    Love means never having to say you’re sorry and obviously Belichick does not love these replacement refs.

    And neither does anyone else, except Seahawks fans.

  14. gronkspike802 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    Ryan Mundy gets fined $21,000 for an extremely illegal and dirty hit on Heyward-Bey that put him in the hospital overnight, and Bellichick gets more than twice that fine for touching the arm of an official???

  15. giablommi says: Sep 26, 2012 3:53 PM

    Despite what the media would have you believe, Belichick is a class act. Bill’s top 3 priorities are football, football and football- not giving sound bites or placating the media. You’d think that being a winner would be enough- and for us fans, it is. But BB’s stonewalling of the media, as deserved and hilarious as it sometimes can be, has made him a lightning rod on comment boards such as this-undeservedly.

    Anyhow, I’ve never seen him as disgusted as he was with the officiating as he was throughout the game in Baltimore, so I am not shocked that he “crossed the line” in trying to get an explanation. Regardless, I am pretty sure that what happened was a culmination of the atrocious calls going both ways and is sOmething we won’t see out of BB again.

  16. dickroy says: Sep 26, 2012 3:56 PM

    Ah..thats about 50 bucks to the average working man.

  17. makeham98 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    BB apologized for the taping in 2007 and 2008. Sorry if you missed it.

  18. nflfan555 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    Since the refs completely blew another game – the ref was lucky he did not get a punch in the noggin – BB the Legend grows…

  19. rushmatic says: Sep 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    Hey babies-
    No apology forthcoming for “Spygate”.

    Now dry those eyes (and other orifices that might be drooling at the moment) and move on.

    Call it “cheating” or call it taping from “an illegal part of the field”, the Patriots and Belichick aren’t going anywhere (1-2, yes, I know) anytime soon!

  20. deljzc says: Sep 26, 2012 4:03 PM

    So grabbing an official is 1/5th as expensive as cheating for 7 years….

    Now we know.

  21. silverhornet says: Sep 26, 2012 4:04 PM

    it’s a good thing he didn’t make contact with that one female replacement ref. Can you imagine the uproar over that?

  22. marcuswelby1 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:09 PM

    AAAAH, Say the word Belichick and out come the Trolls!
    These are the same Trolls that would drool all over themselves if he suddenly became available to coach their team.

  23. generalherald says: Sep 26, 2012 4:10 PM

    He should have looked back for the ball. Definitely would try and coach up his speed and awareness.

  24. pats2001 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:15 PM

    here come the steeler fans….”this is just like cheating!” you know the kind of cheating like spygate…what Bill Cowher referred to as “not cheating” and also said most other teams did it. but of course it was cheating! it’s the only possible way the patriots could beat the steelers right!!!!???? steelers fans are most entitled fans in all of sports. patriots have been better team than you over last 15 years. every time everything is on the line in a big playoff game, the patriots win. get over it!!!!!!

  25. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 26, 2012 4:18 PM

    That’s nice, Bill. Fact is, though, any player who did this would be sitting out a game. So should you.

  26. patriots123456 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:18 PM

    At least he manned up and apologized.

    I’d rather the replacement Refs man up and apologize for blowing the final outcome of numerous games this year and pissing off the coaches, players, announcers and most of all US (The Fans).

  27. toddwardou says: Sep 26, 2012 4:19 PM

    I was surprised the ref didnt throw a flag on Belichick for illegal contact.

  28. fran021 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:19 PM

    Any of the other coaches that were fined apologize?

  29. bobhk says: Sep 26, 2012 4:22 PM

    marcuswelby1 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:09 PM
    AAAAH, Say the word Belichick and out come the Trolls!
    These are the same Trolls that would drool all over themselves if he suddenly became available to coach their team.
    ——–
    No thanks.

  30. steviemo says: Sep 26, 2012 4:26 PM

    Zero championships since Spygate. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  31. proteus914 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:26 PM

    Belichick should have been suspended. Period. If a player grabbed a ref…suspended. If an assistant coach grabbed a ref…suspended. Because it’s Belichick they give him a slap on the wrist and tell him not to do it again. It’s disgusting how some in the NFL think they are above the law. Why the league bows down to them (him) I’ll never know.

  32. kate773 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:27 PM

    What a shock. He apologizes and is fined and its STILL not good enough for some people.

    Some of you have real rage problems. Please remember that you don’t know Bill Belichick. He’s just a guy that coaches a team you don’t like. The hatred and vitriol you feel for him is completely inappropriate, no matter what he’s done thus far. Until he intentionally kills/maims someone, this is totally out of whack. Get a grip and more importantly, get some perspective on life.

  33. kisstherings says: Sep 26, 2012 4:28 PM

    Time to reflect and the money out of his pocket changed his mind? Hardly. He wishes he kicked the ref in the nuts. I’m sure the league asked him to apologize and that is about as standard of an apology release as you will get.

  34. ravenator says: Sep 26, 2012 4:28 PM

    Pats fans are still bitter. Get over it. You were beat by a better team and Flacco outplayed Brady. End of story. Now please carry on your whining

  35. gcsuk says: Sep 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    dickroy says: Sep 26, 2012 3:56 PM

    Ah..thats about 50 bucks to the average working man.
    ———————————————————————

    In 2012, the average salary for a 50 year old male is $47,000 per year.

    By your statement, Bill Belichek makes 1000 times the salary of the average working man.

    Therefore, by your calculations, Bill Belichek must make 47 Million Dollars annually.

    For some reason, I think you may be off base.

  36. kate773 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:36 PM

    ravenator says:Sep 26, 2012 4:28 PM

    Pats fans are still bitter. Get over it. You were beat by a better team and Flacco outplayed Brady. End of story. Now please carry on your whining
    ______________________________

    What are you talking about? No one is talking about the outcome of the game. We’re talking about Belichick and the result of that. You don’t even make sense. You tell us to get over it then tell us to carry on the whining. Which is it? Are you 12 and still learning sentence composition?

    We get it, your team won. Congratulations. You’re the king of the world. I think your team plays someone else this week so maybe you should tak your own advice and move on.

  37. flaccounibrow says: Sep 26, 2012 4:38 PM

    pats2001 says:Sep 26, 2012 4:15 PM

    here come the steeler fans….”this is just like cheating!” you know the kind of cheating like spygate…what Bill Cowher referred to as “not cheating” and also said most other teams did it. but of course it was cheating! it’s the only possible way the patriots could beat the steelers right!!!!???? steelers fans are most entitled fans in all of sports. patriots have been better team than you over last 15 years. every time everything is on the line in a big playoff game, the patriots win. get over it!!!!!!

    Every playoff game with the Steelers the pats cheated that’s how they won. You are obviously insecure about their tainted titles. And of course Cowher would say that. He gets his check from the NFL, and CBS. Harbaugh had it right when he referred to the patsies illegal activies, but he quickly reversed his stance once papa roger called him. Once a cheater always a cheater. Why do it if it didn’t help?

  38. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 26, 2012 4:46 PM

    steviemo says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:26 PM
    Zero championships since Spygate. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
    ———-
    Two SuperBowls since….both lost on two of the greatest catches (or plays in general) in the history of football. Karma?…maybe. But the fact that they’ve been to the big dance twice is impressive. You act as if getting to the SB, and winning it is easy.

  39. all4patriots says: Sep 26, 2012 4:57 PM

    To those who don’t know: Belichick and Kraft DID apologize for spygate. Google it.

    It happened in April 2008 at the annual owners meeting in Palm Beach FL. Kraft and Belichick got a standing ovation for what Tony Dungy called “an excellent and heartfelt apology”

  40. flash1283 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:01 PM

    flaccounibrow says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:38 PM
    pats2001 says:Sep 26, 2012 4:15 PM

    here come the steeler fans….”this is just like cheating!” you know the kind of cheating like spygate…what Bill Cowher referred to as “not cheating” and also said most other teams did it. but of course it was cheating! it’s the only possible way the patriots could beat the steelers right!!!!???? steelers fans are most entitled fans in all of sports. patriots have been better team than you over last 15 years. every time everything is on the line in a big playoff game, the patriots win. get over it!!!!!!

    Every playoff game with the Steelers the pats cheated that’s how they won. You are obviously insecure about their tainted titles. And of course Cowher would say that. He gets his check from the NFL, and CBS. Harbaugh had it right when he referred to the patsies illegal activies, but he quickly reversed his stance once papa roger called him. Once a cheater always a cheater. Why do it if it didn’t help?

    —-

    Brady is 6-2 vs Pitt, what’s your excuse for the other 4 losses?

    And yeah it was “cheating” that caused that punt Ret for a TD and that blocked FG for a TD that won the first AFC CC game

    And in the second AFC CG it was the “cheating” that caused Jerome to fumble the ball when Pitt had a chance to get back in the game. And it was “cheating” when Harrrison ret a pick 80 yards for the TD.
    And it was “cheating” when Corey DIllon ran that sweep a drug TP in the end zone.

  41. all4patriots says: Sep 26, 2012 5:04 PM

    9 AFC East titles, 5 AFC championships, and 3 Super bowl championships in 11 years

    jealously is not good for you, Jets, Steelers, and Colts fans

  42. quepasha says: Sep 26, 2012 5:07 PM

    Hi

  43. zielachowski says: Sep 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    Mention the Pats or BB and people see it as a free pass to post the least tasteful and uneducated comments towards the organization. That’s like me still telling Ravens fans Ray Lewis is a murderer. It’s done and over with. Also Ravens fans, we know we lost. We know he got fined. We moved on, why can’t you? Ravens are 2-7 against the Pats. Good job!!

    Fact is, BB apologized for this, and Spygate. Who else apologizes? Players that take steroids or HGH? Nope. Players that get fined for illegal hits? Rarely. Apologizing doesn’t make it right, but its a lot better than doing nothing.

  44. Broncofanatic7 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:17 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t “force choke” the ref….

  45. electstat says: Sep 26, 2012 5:17 PM

    All scoring plays are reviewed. Just because the NFL chose not to call you to ask your opinion on the replay doesn’t mean they weren’t able to immediately see there was nothing to overturn.

  46. bobhk says: Sep 26, 2012 5:17 PM

    bobhk says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:22 PM
    marcuswelby1 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:09 PM
    AAAAH, Say the word Belichick and out come the Trolls!
    These are the same Trolls that would drool all over themselves if he suddenly became available to coach their team.
    ——–
    No thanks.

    6 23
    ————
    23 retarded Belichick fans. They don’t understand that I wouldn’t drool if Belichick became available to coach my team. Feel free to thumbs down this post as well if you don’t have basic comprehension.

  47. CKL says: Sep 26, 2012 5:17 PM

    Nothing BB will ever do or say will be good enough for some people. Oh well, they don’t pay his bills. And all of it says more about them than it does about him. Always has, always will.

  48. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 26, 2012 5:18 PM

    Okay, Pennsylvania born and bred — and Steeler fan all the way — but it seems like it might be time to give Coach Belichick some slack.

    It doesn’t make his transgressions of the early 2000′s right — but you gotta admit: the guy is a great coach, and might be the brightest mind in football now or ever.

    Personally, I like Coach Belichick and respect his approaches to football — not including where he pushed the competitive envelope a bit too far.

    Coach Belichick is not only a brilliant mind, independent thinker and a ground-breaking innovator — he also strikes me as loyal to those he trusts.

    Also, his teaching of situational football is precisely what football comes down to every single play, every single fraction of a play. Rapidly understand how to distinguish and prioritize the relevant factors in play at the time, adjust as necessary on the fly, make the play.

    Coach Belichick TEACHES a game of intelligent, but physical, football. He creates strategic advantage this way, as well as a number of others, such as by creating mismatches using both personnel and scheme.

    And no, I am not Coach Belichick’s P.R. agent — I just respect the hell out of what he’s done, but really wish that taping thing wasn’t out there.

  49. nofunleague says: Sep 26, 2012 5:19 PM

    There goes his yearly sweatshirt fund.

  50. rogergoodellsays says: Sep 26, 2012 5:20 PM

    Don’t mention it Billy, me and you are boys. We look after each other. Scratch each other’s backs and stuff.
    Remember how I had your back on that camera stuff? That’s what friends are for.

    Now that scoundrel Sean Payton on the other hand… he’s a real piece of work. If I could suspend him for another year for not talking to reporters during the Superbowl I would.

    You? We’ll call it 50 large but I’ll talk Kraft into giving you a $50K bonus for apologizing.

    Take care, love you.

  51. flaccounibrow says: Sep 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    Brady is 6-2 vs Pitt, what’s your excuse for the other 4 losses?

    And yeah it was “cheating” that caused that punt Ret for a TD and that blocked FG for a TD that won the first AFC CC game

    And in the second AFC CG it was the “cheating” that caused Jerome to fumble the ball when Pitt had a chance to get back in the game. And it was “cheating” when Harrrison ret a pick 80 yards for the TD.
    And it was “cheating” when Corey DIllon ran that sweep a drug TP in the end zone.

    The plays you are refering to happened when bb was stealing signals. Fact is the patsies are 2-1 vs steelers after spygate. I don’t deny that they are a good team, but would have they won the sb without cheating. Hmmm. Hasn’t happened since the whistle was blown. Keep justifying, it just shows your insecurity. LOL

  52. weepingjebus says: Sep 26, 2012 5:26 PM

    In keeping with their terrible officiating, they should have fined him $12,309 and applied a 72 yard penalty for illegal formation contact roughing. Please reset the game clock to 45:19.

  53. scampi33 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    If you ever saw a video of BB taping, you would realize that he did not thing it was illegal. The guy with the shoulder held camera is on the side line with noone on either side for 3 yards. Then on each side of him you have a person holding the camera cables. It is all out in the open. If BB thought it was cheating, the cameraman would have been more hidden.

  54. quepasha says: Sep 26, 2012 5:35 PM

    Bill Belichick cheated on his wife too.

  55. giablommi says: Sep 26, 2012 5:37 PM

    “Zero championships since Spygate. Coincidence? I don’t think so.”
    ^^^^^^
    2001-2006:…. 82-28 record = 74.5% winning pct
    2007-current: 69-21 record = 76.7% winning pct

    I’m sure the zero championships since Camera Hunt has nothing to do with Tom Brady losing an entire season.
    Or defensive leaders Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel and Junior Seau (RIP) retiring.
    Or Willie McGinest or Richard Seymour being traded for draft picks.
    Or the resulting inability of the Patriots to create defensive pressure or stop anybody defensively since 2008.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

  56. ytownjoe says: Sep 26, 2012 5:39 PM

    $50,000? I’ll bet Belichek wishes he’d have smacked him good.

  57. pats2001 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:47 PM

    Fair enough flaccounibrow. lets just remember that the steelers aren’t the standard when it comes to morals. i remind you that the steelers haven’t won a superbowl since roethlisberger sexually assaulted under age girls that wanted nothing to do with him.

  58. NakedCowboy! says: Sep 26, 2012 6:14 PM

    i didnt see a big deal in that contact… that ball looked out to me… the difference between 2-1 and 1-2 is huge…

  59. j0esixpack says: Sep 26, 2012 6:19 PM

    Yes… And the “real” officials sure are going to be angry at Belichick for showing the frustration of coaches, players and fans alike when they get back. ;)

    That was $50,000 well spent in earning the good graces of the “real” refs as far as I’m concerned.

  60. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 26, 2012 6:31 PM

    Coach Belichick was CLEARLY not attempting to attack the ref in that instance. The primary purpose of the “no physical contact with an official” is grounded in preventing violent and aggressive forms of contact. This was none of that.

    Not understanding the rationale for a call (or calls) — Coach Belichick sought the official’s angle to gain a better understanding. The expression on Coach Belichick’s face appeared more perplexed than antagonistic or hostile.

    I think they came down too hard here, and for the wrong reasons.

    That replacement ref, in my opinion, should reach out to Coach Belichick with some form of support.

  61. mattwalshvideo says: Sep 26, 2012 6:40 PM

    When will he apologize for cheating the NFL for a decade?

  62. bullcharger says: Sep 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    It’s not different from what he said two days ago. He said he meant no disrespect. That’s still true. He just acknowledged he shouldn’t have grabbed him now.

  63. bullcharger says: Sep 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    steviemo says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:26 PM
    Zero championships since Spygate. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    ————

    That is wrong. The Patriots made it to two superbowls since then. That’s better than every AFC team but the Steelers. That means 30 other AFC teams also have had zero championships in that stretch but the Patriots won the AFC twice while they were losing.

  64. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 26, 2012 7:01 PM

    More fallout from the replacement ref’s debacle…. I almost felt sorry for Bill Belicheat…almost.

  65. mancave001 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:06 PM

    Way too light with the fine. Should have been $100,000 and a one game suspension.

  66. wcollins111 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:08 PM

    Haters gon hate!!!!!!!!

  67. footballfan58 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:13 PM

    All the commenters that repeatly keep bringing up the Spygate theory must really be jealous of Belichick’s success as a coach. You won’t admit it, but you would love to have him on your team. Belichick is a class act and a brilliant coach. By not letting go of the taping incident you all show how small minded and full of hatred you are. I really feel sorry for you. Too much negative energy and you’re probably very toxic to be around.

  68. lanman11 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:20 PM

    The rule about contact with officials is because you have to spell everything out for the knuckleheads out there. This was not one of those cases. The guy was just trying to get the officials attention, and justifiably so. He got fined $50k because he is Bill Belichick and it’s The Patriots, and they win a lot, and the babies of the NFL clientele, and there are a lot of them, must be appeased. However this incident alone, involving a coach of this stature, could have been enough to force the NFL to settle the officiating issue. Along with the MNF gaffe, it’s almost certain to be resolved.

    Give Bill and the Patriots this: They never whine about anything. They take responsibility and move on. They don’t make excuses, shift blame, or try to justify themselves. They don’t drag things out in the media or use it for leverage. They keep it in house and let their performance speak for them. An honest fan has to respect that about them. It’s something other franchises would be wise to emulate.

    It does seem strange to me the kind of joy some media people take in seeing someone get fined like this for something so small. It’s like the liberal media. Objectivity only applies when they are in favor of the issue. Belichick does not supply them with drama to write about so they blame him rather than their own creativity. Lame….

  69. tb12eatitbitches says: Sep 26, 2012 7:45 PM

    It’s 2012, get over spygate already!!!!! Holy goodness!!!!!

  70. insider7 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:56 PM

    You want an apology? OK.

    BB: “I’m truly sorry that the Commissioner has utterly mishandled the situation with the referees.”

    How’s that?

  71. phillyphinsfan says: Sep 26, 2012 8:00 PM

    Belicheat is a phony. He couldn’t be a man and apologize for cheating, but he can apologize for grabbing a referee’s arm. What a wuss. lol

  72. dodie2g says: Sep 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    ahh the coach people love to hate but wish he’ll be coaching their team hahaha

  73. blackngold4877 says: Sep 26, 2012 8:29 PM

    That kick wasn’t good, he had every right to demand an explanation. Goodell should fine himself for being a terrible commissioner and working in conjunction with the owners to put a stain on this whole season.

  74. pftbad says: Sep 26, 2012 8:48 PM

    idiots

  75. laserw says: Sep 26, 2012 8:51 PM

    He’s an unprofessional and unethical head coach who should know better – nothing less than a $100k fine and a six game suspension should have been given to him. This shows the NFL is paying lipservice to its “chosen” teams. If that had been a New Orleans coach, the NFL would have opened hell and pushed him in it.

  76. koenig61 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:05 PM

    Anyone who believes he didn’t know the rule about reviewing the play, I have a bridge to sell you in NY. the look on his face didn’t say, “excuse me I have a question regarding reviewing that field goal “. He had the look of ” hey you stop and talk to me I have something to say and you damn well will listen, don’t you know who I am??

  77. jjbadd385 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:36 PM

    No I personally do not like BB, but do I think he is an outstanding coach? Absolutely. Spygate means nothing to me, I don’t think it helped them win substantially more, and I’m a Broncos fan. His approach to the official was inappropriate, but I don’t believe it was done with any kind of malice. In short, it was nothing major.

  78. severinsmith says: Sep 27, 2012 10:38 AM

    You ever get $5 tacked on for forgetting to pay a parking ticket? You wish you’d paid it and saved the $5, write the check, then move on.

    That’s what this is to Belichick. He shouldn’t have grabbed his arm, but he was deservedly frustrated and did. He got the standard fine, he’s accepting it, he apologized, and is moving on.

    Nothing to do with Camera Hunt. Not an evaluation of his skills as a coach. Not a story. Move on.

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