NFL fines John Harbaugh, cancels a week of Ravens’ OTAs

AP

The Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh have been punished by the NFL for breaking the rule requiring rookie minicamp to consist only of non-contact practices without pads.

“We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline,” the Ravens said in a statement.

That discipline will consist of a fine for both Harbaugh individually and the Ravens as a team, as well as forfeiting their OTAs which had been scheduled to take place June 1-3.

The Ravens used the word “mistake” in their statement, but the NFL reportedly believes that the Ravens knew the rule against full-pad practices at rookie minicamp and violated it anyway. That’s not a mistake, it’s a conscious effort to break a rule that all teams must abide by.

The decision to fine the Ravens and dock them some practices is consistent with language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that says more stringent penalties — including losing draft picks — will only be imposed if a team breaks the rule multiple times in a year. But in a league where there’s a widespread belief that the rules are enforced inconsistently, fans of other teams will surely say the Ravens are getting off easy.

89 responses to “NFL fines John Harbaugh, cancels a week of Ravens’ OTAs

  1. It’s ok John, all you have to do is cry about it, sick lawyers on the NFL to delay the process and get the fans to believe that you really didn’t do anything wrong…..even though you did, eventually it will go away. It’s working for some other team.

  2. You’re trying to tell me that a team attempted to circumvent the rules in order to gain a competitive advantage? I’m shocked. Shocked and appalled, I tell you. We all know that only the nefarious Patriots attempt to cheat…

  3. $100 says Ravens players will be attending Brother Harbaugh’s southern “camps” dressed up like Big Ten wannabes….gotta get the reps in.
    Cheating is in the Hardo’s blood. That, man-boobs, and douchiness

  4. So a written rule..in the CBA..and the RAVENS broke it…why no draft picks? No suspension? Y not..it’s cheating and affecting the integrity of the game…not to mention…”IT WAS MORE LIKELY THAN NOT HARBAUGH WAS AWARE OF IT” 4 game suspension…PERIOD..no appeal…take it to court..

  5. Didn’t they do this in 2010? Aren’t they serial cheaters now? Where are the pitchforks?

  6. Way to go Harbaugh. Losing a week of OTAs is a big deal.

    MORON!!!!!

    Signed, Ravens fan

  7. whinebaugh has cheated like this before. where is the consistency of “repeat offenders”?

    jets and ravens continue to get off easy.

    a week of vacation and a small fine?

    i am surprised goodell didn’t somehow dock the pats a draft pick in this with some kind of a framejob.

  8. I’m a Steelers fan, I’m perfectly fine with this punishment. The fines are mostly meaningless, but losing a week of OTAs is a pretty big deal.

  9. Will the Patriots be fined for this now or later? I truly do believe Pats fans that the league is out to get them just for parity and entertainment. Of course the Ravens are going to accept their punishment because they know a rule was broken by their own doing. If deflategate involved Tony Romo and he was suspended over the same “more probable than not”, I’d be even more angry.

    We’re still hearing about Brady’s case because Roger Goodell is the worst commissioner in National Football League history. Brady is doing what a lot of players should have done years ago. However, it’s not going to stop there. He should sue the league after he retires as well.

    It’s quite comical because the Pats aren’t even the biggest cheats in the AFC; not even the Ravens. That honor belongs to the Broncos for having to pay the league $1,918,000 for circumventing the salary cap from 1996-1998 and for having to have to pay three separate $50,000 fines for spygate back in 2010.

  10. “The Ravens used the word “mistake” in their statement, but the NFL reportedly believes that the Ravens knew the rule against full-pad practices at rookie minicamp and violated it anyway. That’s not a mistake, it’s a conscious effort to break a rule that all teams must abide by.”

    My you are an absolute genius Smith as wsell as being self a righteous prick

  11. but the NFL reportedly believes that the Ravens knew the rule against full-pad practices at rookie minicamp and violated it anyway. That’s not a mistake, it’s a conscious effort to break a rule that all teams must abide by.

    yet somehow not “violating the integrity of the game”

    must be nice!

  12. Hang on, this just in, the Patriots organization has filed a friend of the court brief (even though this is not in court) stating objections with the commissioners ability to oversee the punishment in this matter and by doing so has jeopardized the very fabric of the league as well as the state of employer, employee, and union negotiated labor agreements now, and into the future.

    Make sense? Of course not. It didn’t yesterday either.

    Ravens effed up and are taking their medicine. The Harbaughs like to practice. Old school football. What can I say!

  13. Guess we’ve heard the last from Ravens fans chirping at Pats fans about cheating. And Chiefs fans. And Broncos fans. And Giants fans. And Redskins fans. And Jets fans. And on and on….

  14. It’s a rule that every team agreed to follow. I think it’s a silly rule — this is football. But it’s still a rule. The people who think the punishment is light don’t understand the what it means to lose those OTAs.

  15. I thought the difference between the Patriots and Ravens was the Patriots release murderers from their contracts but the Ravens build statues for them.

  16. At least they take their punishment like a man and not cry about it and drag it over a year just to gain more attention because his Uggs are out of style for the season.

  17. “But in a league where there’s a widespread belief that the rules are enforced inconsistently, fans of other teams will surely say the Ravens are getting off easy.”

    And they would be right, sort of. The Ravens punishment is in line with past punishments as it should have been but in contrast to the draconian penalties some teams receive it is fair to call it out. This is what the NFL has wrought. In the most recent example the Chiefs were hammered far beyond any previous team for player tampering while the Jets got a slap on the wrist.

  18. Just look at what King Goodell has done to Patriots fans. They now have victim complex bigger than their trophy case.

    It’s sad. Dude needs to step down.

  19. I’d love to see another team besides the pats get punishment for football inflation levels. Oh wait I forgot the Vikings got fined 10 k for what they did and the pats got fined 1 million, striped of a first rounder, 4th rounder, and Brady suspended 4 games for a ball boy using a urinal and having text messages that mentioned Brady being mad if the footballs are above regulations. Makes total sense.

  20. CHEATERS!!!!! No draft picks lost? No months long investigation? No Ted Wells? Where’s Mort?

  21. This is a nothing punishment. How hard is it to learn a playbook of different ways of running past where Jump Ball Joe throws it and back to the defender to draw a flag?

    🙂

  22. How arrogant do you have to be as a head coach and an organization to think you can get away with something so blatantly against the rules?

  23. hey look, a bunch of pats fans equating a practice violation 2 months before the preseason to deflating balls during playoff games

    Hey look, a pats’ hater doesn’t understand the difference between proof and speculation.

    Had this happened with the Pats, they would have lost draft picks, because of the NFL-inspired nonsense about how the Pats are somehow uniquely guilty of all sorts of things. This is the second violation by the Ravens and still all they lose are a few days of practice. Big deal.

    Let’s not forget that Bisciotti is the owner who was able to take Goodell aside and negotiate a mere 2-game suspension for the Ray Rice episode.

  24. Wow, three whole days during a short holiday week. And now we’re assuming John “Strike Two” Harbaugh really will skip them rather than hold them in a warehouse late at night? Good plan.

  25. thought the difference between the Patriots and Ravens was the Patriots release murderers from their contracts but the Ravens build statues for them.

    Let me help you get a grip. Raven fans think they know the rules and don’t while the Pat’s fans know the rules and who beat them without getting caught…very often.

    Harbag is a whiny baby who got caught and needs to sit in time,out.

  26. The Patriots were mentioned several times in comments above. The comments are not supporting The Patriots and appear to be coming from those that were duped into believing that The Patriots “cheated”.

    Many gullible dupes are still fixated on the replaced telephone or a single off season text message, just as the media smear campaign was intended to do. Give the simpletons something simple to satisfy their simple minds. Repetitive messages about “deflation” repeated through countless media outlets was too much for the simple minded to digest so the simplistic masses fell for the repetitious spin and lies. All while ignoring basic science and logic. If no tampering occurred, then who cares that someone didn’t hand over their telephone to an entity that didn’t have any right to examine it. Especially after that entity already used the national media to leak personal information that was previously provided by the owner of the telephone.

    Gullible individuals are still making baseless claims that “Brady destroyed a telephone to hide evidence”. Anyone that was paying attention understands that the NFL received the 2 team owned telephones that messages would have been sent to or from. Plus the NFL had printed logs that Brady provided from Tom Brady’s personal telephone. Any person with enough brain power to operate a telephone should be able to surmise that having the 2 phones would be enough for the NFL to see every text that was sent between Tom Brady’s personal telephone and those 2 telephones. The logs that Brady also provided would be a second record of all relevant messages.

    Intelligent people already figured out that there was no evidence left to obtain from Tom Brady’s personal telephone. All that was left was personal information plus consideration to protect a precedence that keeps the NFL from confiscating a player’s personal telephones.
    The NFL didn’t want the telephone and that was stated. The NFL apparently leaked information about Tom Brady’s pool cover and other personal communications. This would ensure that Brady would never trust the NFL with his personal telephone. That way the NFL could later play the “Brady didn’t cooperate” card and dupe even more people and create a new justification for punishment. Science and facts were eroding the NFL’s initial “deflation” argument. Good lawyers think 2 or moves ahead.

    It was patently obvious to anyone that followed this case, that the NFL seemed to create the “Brady DESTROYED his phone” media frenzy as a red herring and to utilize confirmation bias to further dupe the masses and to lend credibility to their new punishment plan. If the people posting anti Brady or anti Patriots message as online comments represent people outside New England then the multiple instances of orchestrated media spin worked big time in convincing the gullible masses. Nobody ever said that the NFL was deficient in its marketing efforts. However, maybe the NFL should concentrate on marketing football instead of lies.

  27. I’m a Steeler fan, and that’s the way that teams take responsability for their actions, like real men. Good for you Ravens.

  28. I think the best line I heard on the seriousness of this violation was a few weeks ago. I am paraphrasing: So the Ravens messed up having pads on 40 to 45 guys who were draft picks, UFA’s, and about 20 other guys just trying to be seen. There were 2 days of practices and how many of these guys make the team? Maybe the 11 draft picks? And how many are on the practice squad?

    Let’s not get out of our minds here. In the scheme of things this was a small violation. The bigger issue is it was a second practice violation in the John Harbaugh era.

    This is nothing more than driving 75, in a 65 zone, and getting caught twice.

  29. According to sourced information available on youteamcheats . com — only 7 teams have more documented cheating than The Ravens. Seems like a history of cheating to me.

  30. The Ravens didn’t destroy the tapes of the practice and took their punishment with class. With that class is respect for the Ravens among other teams. If not one of 31 other owners don’t even come to the Patriots defense about deflategate, what’s that say about their activities? I don’t want to hear about jealousy. 1 SB win in 11 years and a bunch of div wins doesn’t make everyone else jealous it’s the cheating, always trying to find loops holes in games & no class the Pats have..

  31. for those commenting about taking the penalty like men, i will remind you the patriots admitted their mistake on filming from the wrong location

    they got fined severely and admitted their mistake

    if you still believe Brady was in a conspiracy to take air out of footballs and he should admit wrongdoing, you are crazy, and someday you will realize how much BS is involved in this sad episode led by scurilous individuals who shouted:

    We got you now!

  32. It’s painstakingly obvious that MDS hates the Ravens. His biased journalism is ruining PFT as if it wasn’t already an almost credit-less source of NFL news….

  33. At least Harbaugh didn’t smash his cell phone and took it like a man, there is something admirable about admitting to a transgression without hauling into the court system.

  34. “The Ravens didn’t destroy the tapes of the practice and took their punishment with class. ”

    First of all , the Patriots didn’t destroy any tapes either. Secondly, the Ravens did not take their punishment with class – their head coach made some ish up and tried to weasel his way out of it.

    “If not one of 31 other owners don’t even come to the Patriots defense about deflategate, what’s that say about their activities?”

    …and just how many owners came to the defense of the Ravens in this case? Better question – how many came to their defense with the attempted Ray Rice cover up? Take your time….I’ll wait.

  35. I’m a Steeler fan, and that’s the way that teams take responsability for their actions, like real men. Good for you Ravens.

    By lying and acting like it was a “mistake”??

    Get real, weaslebaugh knew exactly what he was doing. You guys are getting more and more over the top every day.

    I’d love to see the responsibility* he would take if Goodell went against precedent and suspended Harbaugh for half the year since he’s a repeat offender. I’m sure he would just lie down and accept it.

  36. I thought the game of football was played with full pads. Why is it that at the pro level there’s a problem with wearing full pads to practice?

  37. This is nothing more than driving 75, in a 65 zone, and getting caught twice.

    The excuse train is full. Please stand back on the platform so the train can pull away.

  38. 1 SB win in 11 years and a bunch of div wins doesn’t make everyone else jealous it’s the cheating

    Conveniently leaves out 4 in 15. LOL you haters are funny grasping at straws.

    Entertaining day though watching you all twist into pretzels justifying and praising Harbaugh for accepting his slap on the wrist with dignity.

  39. The Patriots would have admitted a mistake in the 2014 season’s AFCCG, except that they didn’t make one, and the NFL then fabricated a scandal out of whole cloth due to their ignorance of 300-year-old* science.

    *look it up: Amonton’s law, more commonly called Gay-Lussac’s pressure-temperature law, but first described by Guilles Amontons in about 1702.

  40. so let’s see what happened in the deflategate novel this past two week.

    Chapater 11, “the pig in the poke”

    A consensus started to build among a few owners that maybe the Brady situation should be resolved. However the owners in Roger’s ear would not relent.
    Needing a way to get the ear owners off the dime, the NFL was tipped by the NFLPA about the Ravens practicing with pads.

    So the small consensus building owners tried to convince Biscotti at the Charlotte meetings to relent.

    However, this attempt went nowhere.
    This led to Kraft filing his friend of the court brief basically telling the court the NFL investigation regarding Brady was in no way conducted fairly.

    Godell being the majority is my side guy now comes out with the softest of all fines on the Ravens.

    Stay tuned for Chapter 12, “Brady with a sneak, for a TD”

  41. udontknowjaq says:
    May 26, 2016 3:38 PM

    The Ravens didn’t destroy the tapes of the practice and took their punishment with class. With that class is respect for the Ravens among other teams. If not one of 31 other owners don’t even come to the Patriots defense about deflategate, what’s that say about their activities? I don’t want to hear about jealousy. 1 SB win in 11 years and a bunch of div wins doesn’t make everyone else jealous it’s the cheating, always trying to find loops holes in games & no class the Pats have..
    —————————————————–
    Ya, it takes a lot of class to accept punishment when it’s on video. Not so much when you try and say you made a mistake. And I know your team hasn’t come close to NE’s success over the last 16 years. Nobody has. Hate on brother!

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