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Report: Kyle Shanahan Fined $25,000 for Berating Officials Following Sunday's Loss

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    Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for berating officials at the end of Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

    Shanahan received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter after arguing with an official about a false start penalty called on Redskins tight end Fred Davis. According to Shanahan in a statement released by the team Monday, he "tried to explain that the game was not over," which "is what resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty."

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    After the game officially ended (dropping Washington's record to 1-2), Shanahan chased down the referees in the tunnel leading to the Redskins' locker room and delivered a profanity-laced tirade (a report from ESPN 980 includes what Shanahan supposedly said). 

    “I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from the officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way," Shanahan said in the statement. "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. My emotions got the best of me and I know its my responsibility. This will never happen again.”

    Replacement referees have become a lightning rod for criticism during the NFL's first three weeks of action, particularly in the Seattle Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers Monday. The NFL's unionized officials are currently locked out as they attempt to renegotiate their collective bargaining agreement.  


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