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Bill Belichick fined $50,000 for ref grab

Bill Belichick, head coach for the New England Patriots, was fined $50,000 by the NFL for grabbing an official's arm. In addition to Bill Belichick, three other NFL coaches have been fined for their conduct towards replacement officials. 

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Belichick was fined $50,000 for grabbing an official's arm at the end of the game, which the Patriots lost.

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 The NFL fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 for their conduct toward replacement officials.

The fines announced Wednesday come as the league and its referees' union are meeting amid reports they are close to ending the lockout of the regular officials.

Belichick grabbed an official's arm at the end of Sunday night's game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal. Shanahan was cited by the league for "abuse of officials" in Washington's loss to Cincinnati.

"Whatever the league decides to do, I'll respect and just try and do my job," Belichick said before his fine was announced.

On Monday, the league fined Broncos coach John Fox $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for berating officials during a loss to Atlanta on Sept. 17.


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