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Report: Belichick will be fined


The NFL has a bright-line rule when it comes to its officials:  No touchy.

Thus, despite whatever explanation anyone can muster when touching an official, touching an official always results in punishment.

So it’s no surprise that, as reported by Steve Wyche of NFL Network, the NFL will fine Patriots coach Bill Belichick for (wait for it) touching an official.

Belichick grabbed the arm of one of the various officials who were giving him the cold shoulder after a final-play field goal gave the Ravens a win over the Patriots.  Belichick wanted someone to explain why the play wasn’t being reviewed by replay.

“I’m trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call, play, in that game,” Belichick said Monday.  “That’s the number one thing between coaches and officials.  It’s always at the forefront.  It’s just communication of what’s going on, of what’s happening.”

Still, no touchy.

In 2009, receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected from a game and fined $25,000 for making unintended contact with an official while disputing a call.  That same season, Raiders tight end Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 for the same infraction.

And way back in 1995 (as we mentioned on Monday), former Steelers coach Bill Cowher was fined for stuffing a photo of a play on which the Steelers didn’t have 12 men on the field into the pocket of the referee.

So Belichick, in all fairness, will be fined at least $25,000.  Given the multiple warnings regarding treatment of the replacement officials and the fact that fines for verbal abuse have been in the range of $25,000 to $30,000, the fine for physical contact could be higher.

Some have suggested Belichick could be or should be suspended.  But if he wasn’t suspended for Spygate, he won’t be suspended for grabbing an official’s arm.

Still, discipline is warranted.  All he had to do was follow the officials into the tunnel and ask to speak to the referee.  Since it was the last play of the game, a replay was still possible; indeed, the referee in last year’s Raiders-Bills game reviewed a last-play Hail Mary after the game had ended — unbeknownst to everyone at the time.  Belichick should have gone through the proper channels and tried to lobby for another look at the field goal.

That said, the field goal looked to be good.  More importantly, because the ball was over the upright, the call on the field couldn’t have been overturned.

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69 Responses to “Report: Belichick will be fined”
  1. 2dollarpbrs says: Sep 26, 2012 9:17 AM

    Belichick will get fined & Harbaugh wont’ even though both touched the ref in the same game because there is no video of bumping the ref

  2. knackstermyea says: Sep 26, 2012 9:18 AM

    He should be suspended too!

  3. areyoudue says: Sep 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    No fine is coming; Goodell already destroyed all tapes of the game…

    It’s a joke people, lighten up 🙂

  4. EJ says: Sep 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    I hope the NFL gives Belichick the maximum fine allowed since they won’t suspend him at all.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 26, 2012 9:22 AM

    He has to be fined. The question is, how much?

  6. mccourty1sland says: Sep 26, 2012 9:22 AM

    fine is obvious. suspension would be a bit much considerign the circumstances, i.e. the complete mayhem of the previous 4 hours.

  7. vaphinfan says: Sep 26, 2012 9:23 AM

    He’s just madbe cause the Pats don’t get every call from the replacement refs like they do at home or with the regular refs. Its not so fun when the shoe is on the other foot huh Billy.

  8. shmtty28 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:23 AM

    Coaches should be held to higher standards than players. Suspend his cheating ass!

  9. polegojim says: Sep 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    So let me get this straight:

    The replacement officials get calls wrong and they are branded as a ‘disgrace to the league’.


    The replacement officials get a MAJOR call RIGHT and they’re criticized for that too.

    It’s getting more laughable by the day.

    Every game has been in the control of the teams on the field to win or lose. The replacement officials should be commended for agreeing to do a VERY tough job and have ‘decided’ ZERO games.

  10. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    Kraft will probably give him a 50k bonus pretty soon.

  11. tallguyme says: Sep 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    no touchy, unless you’re Harbaugh I guess.

  12. grpatriot says: Sep 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    How can you be sure that FG was good? Probably a scared to make the call….

  13. xxwhodatxx says: Sep 26, 2012 9:26 AM

    If it was a Saints coach he’d of been suspended for a year and the league sends notice to all teams bounties on refs won’t be tolerated.

  14. pacvino says: Sep 26, 2012 9:26 AM

    He was attempting to question ref and was totally ignored, why isn’t the ref being fined for being stupid in public ?

  15. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 26, 2012 9:27 AM

    I was hoping for a suspension just because I don’t like him.

  16. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    I doubt he cares. its just pocket change to him

  17. kwoodc says: Sep 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    I cant believe how everyone is bashing the replacement officials. The regular refs used to make bone headed calls every sunday and will continue to do so when they come back. The players and coaches need to stop whining, go out and play a game and collect their millions.

  18. flash1283 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:30 AM

    So Harbaugh “makes contact” and is not fined BUT,

    In 2009, receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected from a game and fined $25,000 for making unintended contact with an official while disputing a call. That same season, Raiders tight end Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 for the same infraction.

    Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who picked up a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bumping into an official, will not be fined, the league office confirmed to the Baltimore Sun.

    Not saying BB shouldn’t be fined but the league is not very consistent.

  19. tmac4454 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:31 AM

    Spygate was not enough for the arrogant Belisissy. He had to put his hand on the ref which he clearly knows that’s a no-no. Get that money NFL. Just could not take being 1-2 thus far.

  20. dumbasdirt says: Sep 26, 2012 9:31 AM

    Belichick makes about 8 Million a year. Even a $50,000 fine would be chump change to him

  21. dubaradhandi says: Sep 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    One of the composed coach on the sideline was made to explode. Shame if he is fined for asking explanation. How do you stop a running man when he is trying to get away from you? Grab.

  22. buffalose says: Sep 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    Steve Tasker agrees.

  23. rexryansdirtysock says: Sep 26, 2012 9:38 AM

    That field goal looked no good to me, at least on first view. The ENTIRE BALL has to be inside the upright, and it just really didn’t look like it was there.

    Either way, the fact that the NFL doesn’t have the technology to rule properly on such a decision is ridiculous.

  24. redskinpotatoes says: Sep 26, 2012 9:38 AM

    $25,000 fine = 0.33% of his annual salary.

  25. tommccrossin says: Sep 26, 2012 9:39 AM

    Thought I made an easy 13 bucks when I put down $130 saying “yes” Belichick will be fined on Bodog. Man was I getting worried I lost it after the Monday Night Fiasco.

  26. marvsleezy says: Sep 26, 2012 9:39 AM

    Raise the height of the uprights –

    OR, put another cross bar on the top in order to make field goals harder! Close range field goals would have to be hit lower so there would be more blocked kicks.

  27. jlb10 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:41 AM

    imo it should be $100,000 + game suspension. first he has no excuse to ever touch an official. after being warned and not heeding that warning the punishment should be significant.
    but we all know that bill won’t be punished to the extent he deserves

  28. sj39 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:41 AM

    “But if he wasn’t suspended for Spygate, he won’t be suspended for grabbing an official’s arm.” Therein lies the problem. Belichick was given a slap on the wrist for the most heinous, egregious cheating in the history of the NFL and truly believes he above the rules and greater than the game itself. Goodell created this obnoxious monster with his inaction and kowtowing to Kraft and he should now try to at least in part rectify it by suspending him for several games along with a hefty fine.

  29. titknocker says: Sep 26, 2012 9:43 AM

    The fans should just load their pockets up with batteries before entering the stadium this week and throw them at the officials after every bad/ missed call.

  30. flaccotoboldin says: Sep 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    No, that subset of field goal attempts is not reviewable. And Bellichick, as the annointed greatest coach ever, should know that.

  31. benh999 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:48 AM

    “In 2009, receiver Brandon Stokley was ejected from a game and fined $25,000 for making unintended contact with an official while disputing a call.”

    I don’t know what your definition of intent is, but Stokley ran up and slapped the guys hand while he signaled incomplete on a ball Stokley was bobbled while going to the ground.

  32. MCxShow says: Sep 26, 2012 9:54 AM

    The reference to Emperor’s New Groove is perfect.

  33. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 26, 2012 9:56 AM

    I get the fine. You can’t let there be a precedent for touching the officials in any way shape or form.

    But is ANYONE going to publicly admit that the referee should have stopped and explained their rationale for the ruling on the field?? The fact that a field goal is or is not reviewable is irrelevant. A professional referee has an obligation to at least stop and acknowledge a head coach who needs an explanation on an important and very questionable (looking at least) call.

    The refs had butchered the game and just wanted to get off the field and out of the line of fire. This is not how a professional conducts themselves. This is not how an adult conducts themselves. Hold the referee accountable for provoking the incident or the whole thing becomes an even bigger disgrace.

  34. flaccotoboldin says: Sep 26, 2012 9:57 AM

    Actually RexRyansDirtySock, you are wrong. Learn the rules, or at least take the effort to google them.

    When over the upright, the ball needs to be clearly completely outside the upright to be ruled no good.

    Essentially, if any part of the ball is inside the imaginary extension of the upright, it is good.

    And for this, the replacement refs should be given credit, because the NFL rule differs from the NCAA rule, which is what you are thinking of.

  35. scooter7777777 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:00 AM

    “Goodell created this obnoxious monster with his inaction and kowtowing to Kraft and he should now try to at least in part rectify it by suspending him for several games along with a hefty fine.”

    Your idiocy knows no boundaries.

  36. ravenator says: Sep 26, 2012 10:04 AM

    Patriots fans are still bitter from getting owned by Joe Flacco. Soak it up patsies

  37. patriotenvy says: Sep 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    Remember Orlando Brown charging and shoving a ref for hitting him in the eye with a flag? He sued the NFL and won for 25 Mil.

  38. tunescribe says: Sep 26, 2012 10:16 AM

    If anyone should be fined it’s the chickenbleep ref who wouldn’t stop to give Belichick the courtesy of an explanation.

  39. rajbais says: Sep 26, 2012 10:17 AM

    If the NFL wants to be taken seriously can they at least make the penalty sound Like it was written by an adult???

    “Touching an official”???

    Just say “making physical contact”!!

  40. rajbais says: Sep 26, 2012 10:19 AM

    Also, lesson to coaches: don’t be a fat boy and stay in shape!!! Then you can run to an official without having to make contact in case you were pissed at a call!!!!

  41. kisstherings says: Sep 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    He should have kicked the moron ref in the balls. The Ref should be fined. The entire game (officiating on both sides) was a disgrace and the field goal should have been reviewed. When BB repeatedly asked the ref about it, the ref just kept walking away. He was owed an explanation. The fact that he is getting fined for this is a disgrace.

    And for the commenters that say “the regular refs made bad calls too”. It’s not even close to being in the same ballpark. These guys have no clue what they are doing.

  42. gsthebest says: Sep 26, 2012 10:23 AM

    um…….What’s the hold up? It was plain as day that the man touched the ref! Smh!

    The other coaches who’ve done less, already received their fines/punishments!

    GODell and the pats organization are probably tryin to figure out a way to divy up this fine! sad…favoritism!

  43. psuravens19 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:25 AM

    grpatriot says:
    Sep 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    How can you be sure that FG was good? Probably a scared to make the call….


    I’m pretty sure the ref standing underneath the goal post had the best angle of the kick. There was nothing in the replay that showed he missed the kick.

  44. zielachowski says: Sep 26, 2012 10:25 AM

    I feel that if this were any other respected coach who hadn’t been caught cheating, you people who come to this page to comment with all the negativity would not exist. I can understand making a point or stating an opinion, but to STILL talk about cheating? Give us a break.

    As a Pats fan, I agree 100% that he should be fined. But don’t blow it out of proportion. He did not punch the ref in the face. He grabbed his arm. When’s the last time you fined someone for grabbing your arm?

    We’re 1-2 no matter how big the fine, and improving our record is the only thing BB is thinking about.

  45. robgilman says: Sep 26, 2012 10:42 AM

    Wait, so players were upset with calls back in 2009?? And way back in 1995?? what!? i thought the regular officials were working back then!

  46. sj39 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:46 AM

    Always nice to see the BB Ball Washing Crew out in force.

  47. mrv072 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:57 AM

    Total crap. So Harbaugh who made contact with an official avoids a fine but Belichick gets one. Give me a break. Plus a bunch of Packer players tweeted comments after the game criticizing the officials but they avoid a fine. Goodell and the NFL need to consistent if they are going to fine players or coaches. Didn’t the NFL put out a memo telling all players and coaches not to criticize the replacement refs but there is no consistancy at all. Pure bullsh**!!!!!

  48. peezwizz says: Sep 26, 2012 11:02 AM

    Man you guys a crybabies.

    I was sitting at home wondering why that play wasn’t reviewed, too. The game/broadcast ended 30 seconds after the kick was made.

    I was glad Bill was pissed, he should have been.
    He’s gonna get fined, and that’s it. No one in New England has an issue with that.

  49. Bob says: Sep 26, 2012 11:12 AM

    Goodell had to wait for Kraft to tell him he could fine Belichick. He should have been suspended. Then again, he should have gotten a year for the spy operations, too. No one else was conducting spying with cameras, unlike bounties, which every team has done at some point.

  50. marcuswelby1 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:13 AM

    Wow, post anything Belichick and watch the whiners respond!

  51. hehateme2 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:17 AM

    Cue the whining from pat fans -and- the saint fans. ?. As fo the latter, they simply post on every thread about some lack of fairness even if the subject has nothing to do with them. Very strange indeed…

  52. ampats says: Sep 26, 2012 11:21 AM

    Always nice to see the BB/Patriot haters out in force (usual crowd showing their jealousy)

    He grabbed the ref’s arm while the guy ignored him. Go ahead fine Belichick 50K.( when someone makes 7+ mill,ok)

    We’re moving onto Buffalo !

  53. sportsinhd says: Sep 26, 2012 11:35 AM

    If players get suspended for touching the refs, the coaches should too. It’s really that simple.

  54. j0esixpack says: Sep 26, 2012 11:36 AM

    $50k will be like a badge of honor between Beleichick and the “real” refs when they return.

    This doesn’t hurt Belichick and the Patriots in the long term. It helps.

    No doubt the “real” refs, and certainly any fan fed up with the amateur hour we’ve seen from the replacements, appreciates Belichick making his frustration with this impasse well known.

  55. tedmurph says: Sep 26, 2012 11:37 AM

    sj39 sez:

    Belichick was given a slap on the wrist for the most heinous, egregious cheating in the history of the NFL.


    Dude, it’s 11 yrs later and you still spend all day, every day trolling Patriot threads to take a shot at BB. The rams lost, that’s all there is to it. Get over it and get on with your life.


    Many people on this thread don’t know the rule on the FG review. If the ball is over ANY part of the pylon it is good and not reviewable. If it is ruled completely inside or outside the pylon it IS reviewable. BB wanted this clarification and wanted to make sure the ref knew the rule, wouldn’t be the first time they didn’t. That said, BB never should have touched him and should be fined.

  56. taurean12 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    According to the NFL rule book:Section 4

    ” The entire ball must pass through he vertical plane of the goal, which is the area above the crossbar and between the uprights, if above the uprights ,between the outside edges.”

    From those replays, it sure looked like it did not meet the qualifications…just sayin’

  57. scrp2 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:38 AM

    Lot of examples of disrespecting the replacement refs. My favorite is Pete Carroll standing next to the ref throwing up the touchdown signal in unison after booth review.

  58. metitometin says: Sep 26, 2012 11:42 AM

    Fine him? What a joke, the NFL should be apologizing to him for screwing the Pats out of a victory against the Ravens. The NFL is nothing more than a freak show until the regular refs come back. I’m done.

  59. guitarkevin says: Sep 26, 2012 11:44 AM

    Harbaugh’s situation was deemed incidental contact whereas Bellicheck’s is intentional.

    Please educate yourselves before you post on the Internet.

  60. thetruth1313 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:51 AM

    sj39 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 10:46 AM
    Always nice to see the BB Ball Washing Crew out in force.

    Hey SJ39! Nice to hear from ya- again!

    Does that also mean commenting the same thing on every Patriots post like you always do? Just wanted to check with you cause I always see a post from you whenever the Pats are mentioned- are you Bozo with another name now?

    Seeing you comment on every Pats Post- are you on the BB Ball Washing Crew too ?

  61. mattolikesthevikes says: Sep 26, 2012 11:54 AM

    But it wasn’t a real official so maybe just pay the league with monopoly money.

  62. nathanbetz91 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:02 PM

    brandon pettigrew was ejected from a game last year for pushing an official who was breaking up a fight.(a fight at a detroit game!?)

  63. ntestarossa says: Sep 26, 2012 12:02 PM

    Bob “no one else was doing it”( in reference to recording plays)
    You clearly have low football knowledge or just lack basic intelligence. Prior to the 2007 season ( Goodell’s first season as commish) he released a memo to all teams to stop recording. For all we know BB was probably trying to test him or to get caught so people would have to stop.

    He will be fine. But the amount or animosity in this thread is hilarious. Worry about your own team.

  64. saintsfan26 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:08 PM

    Meanwhile Sean Payton is suspended for an entire year for “lying” about a 3 year “pay to injure” program that STILL has not even been proven to have existed.

    What the hell are you doing Roger?

  65. melikefootball says: Sep 26, 2012 12:20 PM

    And Hairbaugh wasn’t.. something fishy here.

  66. hehateme2 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:29 PM

    message to saint fans- just go away. We’re all tired to hearing it.

    Signed, The World

  67. kungfubowler says: Sep 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    The way this season has been shaping up, we’re just a couple more weeks away from the WWE.

  68. CKL says: Sep 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    kisstherings says:
    Sep 26, 2012 10:20 AM

    And for the commenters that say “the regular refs made bad calls too”. It’s not even close to being in the same ballpark. These guys have no clue what they are doing.
    Dude. 2006 AFCC….ref literally made up a penalty. FACEGUARDING on Ellis Hobbs. You’re a Pats fan too, you HAVE to remember that. They even sent a letter to Hobbs IIRC. I’d rather have a do over on that one than anything from Sunday night, bad as those calls were.

    Maybe MF already mentioned this on another post but on the PFT Live show (which is awesome, for real, no kissing up) they had a longtime very well respected former official on the show and he said he would have just stopped and given BB an explanation and it was obvious that’s all he wanted. That said, I get why BB will be fined. It’s the letter of the law. I have no problem with that.

  69. makeham98 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    The “no taping” story is bs. The league banned taping from the sidelines, coaches booth, and a few other places. Taping -even of coaches signals – is permitted from other specified locations.

    Patriots got nailed for getting cute with the rules after repeated warnings.

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