New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been fined $50,000 for making contact with a game official following Sunday night’s 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Judy Battista of the New York Times reports. Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker’s 27-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed over the upright, but appeared to be a successful attempt. As players, coaches and media rushed onto the field, Belichick grabbed the arm of a game official, who continued on his path off the field. During Belichick’s post-game press conference on Sunday night, he gave a quick “No” response when asked if he expected to be fined for what had just transpired on the field. Belichick expounded on the matter on Monday. ” I’ve coached in this league a long time ,” Belichick said on Monday via ESPNBoston.com. “I’ve never been penalized, never had any incidents with officials or anything like that. I have never meant any disrespect or in any way tried to abuse or be disrespectful to the officials and the job that they do. I was trying to get an explanation for obviously an important call/play in that game. That’s the No. 1 thing between coaches and officials, it’s always at the forefront, just communication of what’s going on and what’s happening.” This is at least the second time that Belichick has been fined by the National Football League. In 2007, Belichick was fined $500,000 over the SpyGate scandal. Salaries for coaches are not published, and rarely become public, but according to Forbes, Belichick is among the highest-paid head coaches in the NFL, earning an estimated salary of $7.5 million per season.
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Bill Belichick fined $50,000 for making contact with game official (Shutdown Corner)