Thursday September 27, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $50,000 and Washington Redskins assistant Kyle Shanahan $25,000 on Wednesday for their conduct toward replacement officials.

The fines come as the league and its referees' union were meeting amid reports they were close to ending the lockout of the regular officials.

Belichick grabbed an official's arm at the end of Sunday night's game after the Ravens kicked a winning field goal. Shanahan was cited by the league for "abuse of officials" in Washington's loss to Cincinnati. "It was inappropriate for me to contact the official. I take responsibility for what happened," Belichick said in a statement released by the team. " I accept the discipline and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore."