NFL won’t fine Harbaugh for bumping official Sunday night

September 26, 2012 | Luke Jones

Multiple outlets are reporting the NFL will not fine coach John Harbaugh for making contact with an official during the Ravens’ 31-30 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Harbaugh picked up a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bumping an official while trying to call a timeout in the fourth quarter. The coach had expressed confidence that the league would not fine him prior to the news breaking.

“I guess I didn’t understand how he interpreted it,” Harbaugh said following the game. “But, what we’re told is to get the timeout where they can see it in front of their face in those situations. That’s what I’ve been told for five years going into this game. I think he took it as bumping him. I didn’t mean to bump him. I wanted to call a timeout, so I apologize for bumping, but the intent was to call a timeout.”

Unlike Harbaugh, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will be fined for grabbing an official at the conclusion of the game.

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