Belichick on NFL Fine: ‘I Accept the Discipline’
NEW YORK (WGGB) – New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick says that he takes responsibility for what happened at the end of the game Sunday.
Wednesday, the NFL slapped Belichick with a $50,000 fine after Sunday night’s game.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says that the league’s statement on the incident reads in part that “Belichick was fined $50,000 for impermissible physical contact with an official after Sunday night’s Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game.”
In the closing seconds of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal to win the game for Baltimore 31-30.
As the teams were leaving the field, Belichick ran up to one of the replacement referees and grabbed his arm to seek an explanation on the kick, which was close to either being within or outside the uprights.
Belichick released this statement on Wednesday’s ruling, saying, “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.”
Next up for the Patriots are the Bills at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in Buffalo.