Bill Belichick fined $50K by NFL for contact with ref

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his contact with an official after Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the league announced Wednesday.

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"New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have been notified that they have been fined for violating the rule prohibiting abuse of game officials. Belichick was fined $50,000 for impermissible physical contact with an official after Sunday night's Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game," the league said in a statement.

The Patriots later tweeted a statement from Belichick. "It was inappropriate for me to contact the official," Belichick said. "I take responsibility for what happened. I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore."

Shanahan was fined $25,000 for berating an official after Washington's loss. Belichick always figured to pay more because of his contact with an official. Belichick said Tuesday that he never meant any disrespect to officials, and he was just looking for an explanation for why Baltimore's last-second field goal was not reviewed.

In other fine news, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reported Wednesday that Green Bay Packers players will not be fined for their post-game remarks after their controversial loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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