Belichick, not tweeting Packers, fined for criticizing replacement refs

Sarah Hofmann | Contributor

On Wednesday, the NFL levied a $50,000 fine against New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick for angrily grabbing a replacement referees’ arm during Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

And Belichick has company: Washington Redskins assistant coach Kyle Shanahan was dealt a $25,000 blow for “abuse of officials.”

Shanahan publicly apologized to his team for chasing an official into the tunnel and verbally berating him: “My emotions got the best of me and I know it’s my responsibility,” Shanahan said Monday afternoon. “This will never happen again.”

Broncos coach John Fox was fined $30,000 on Monday too.

Despite the thousands of dollars in fines given to coaches, players on the Green Bay Packers, who angrily took to Twitter after the strange Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks, will not be penalized. One player, Packers’ guard T.J. Lang, wrote “Fuck it NFL..Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”

That tweet was retweeted 95,866 times — more times than any Justin Bieber tweet has ever been retweeted.

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