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Kyle Shanahan Fined $25,000 For Verbally Abusing Officials
ASHBURN – Kyle Shanahan was fined $25,000 by the NFL for “verbally abusing an official” late in the Washington Redskins’ loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, a league spokesman confirmed.
Shanahan, the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, took exception to the officials’ mismanagement of the final seconds of the game. He argued with head linesman Toney Brasuell on the sidelines, drawing a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, then chased two other officials to the locker room when the game was over and yelled at umpire Darin Stiers.
Shanahan released a statement on Monday to explain his actions, which he said resulted from officials telling him the game was over after tight end Fred Davis was called for a false start with seven seconds remaining. Cincinnati coaches and players were told the same thing, and several began walking onto the field.
“I tried to get an explanation of how I could get that penalty when half of the other team was on the field as well,” Shanahan’s statement read, in part.
Head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he was also upset with the officials for mistakenly believing the false start, which came with the clock stopped, should have led to a 10-second runoff of the clock.
“We knew the game shouldn’t be over,” he said. “They had half their football team on the field. What I was trying to do was get a personal foul [called on Cincinnati] talking to the official because the game was over. The game’s not over.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III was sacked for a 15-yard loss with roughly 20 seconds remaining before the Redskins spiked the ball to stop the clock. Davis was then called for a false start and his penalty, plus a 20-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct measured in error, backed the Redskins up to their own 41-yard line, where Griffin’s pass on third-and-50 fell incomplete.
The NFL later confirmed the officials were in error in assessing a 20-yard penalty, but were correct in not enforcing a runoff of the clock after the false start.