Reports: Kyle Shanahan Fined $25K for Berating Official
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Kyle Shanahan has been fined $25,000 for profanity-laced comments directed at a replacement official following the Washington Redskins loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday according to multiple reports.
Shanahan’s outburst immediately followed one of the more bizarre finishes to a Redskins game in recent history.
After Washington was flagged for a false start penalty in the closing seconds at least one official mistakenly said the game was over because of a 10-second runoff due to the infraction.
Cincinnati’s players and coaches then began walking onto the field in customary postage fashion. However, the offensive coordinator tried to inform the officials the ruling was incorrect and was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The referees realized the mishap and continued the game after both the 5 and 15-yard penalties were enforced.
Upon the game’s completion, Shanahan rushed off the field, reportedly tracked down the official in the tunnel and uncorked the choice words in his direction.
Shanahan released a statement Monday apologizing for his actions.
“I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way,” Shanahan’s statement read. “I ask our players to hold themselves to a high standard and be accountable and I know that I’m accountable for my actions as well. I know that I need to handle those situations better in the future.”