Belichick Gets a Fine

As predicted by many, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick has officially been fined $50,000 by the NFL for making “impermissible contact” with a replacement referee at the end of Sunday’s very frustrating game. (You can see the fine-inducing action on repeat below.)

In the scale of Belichick fines, this isn’t much next to, say, the $500,000 he got for that whole spying thing, but it’s sure to further stir the pot of growing tension in the NFL over the use of the incompetent replacement referees while the league locks out the official ones. How long will coaches resist the temptation to behead the replacement refs? After Monday’s Packers Seahawk game, we have to assume it will not be long.