Four Ravens players were fined by the NFL for their actions and comments regarding the officiating in Monday night's game against the Patriots.
The league announced today that LB Bart Scott was fined $25,000 for verbally abusing an official and throwing a penalty flag into the stands. Meanwhile, CB Samari Rolle, CB Chris McAlister, and WR Derrick Mason were fined $15,000 each for publicly questioning the integrity of the officiating.
“This is about the importance of sportsmanship and respecting the integrity of our game,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said in a statement released by the league. “We do not tolerate inappropriate conduct between teams and game officials. This includes reminding game officials that they are to conduct themselves at all times as professionals in their dealings with players, coaches, and other club personnel.”
Anderson met with Scott and Rolle in Baltimore before issuing the fines.
“Last Monday night’s game was well officiated,” Anderson said, “and it is the obligation of both players and coaches to maintain proper respect for game officials at all times.”
Ravens coach Brian Billick also commented in a statement:
"As I said earlier this week, our actions were not appropriate near the end of our game against the Patriots. We, our players and coaches, understand and accept the fines levied by Commissioner Goodell. We believe in the integrity of NFL officials and don't believe they, in any way, favored the Patriots with their calls.
"As a team, we've discussed a number of times about not speaking publicly about any unhappiness we have with the officials. As emotional as the end of Monday's game was, I should have reminded the players of that in our post-game meeting. That's my mistake. We do appreciate the extra step taken by the Commissioner's Office when Ray Anderson came here yesterday to talk with some of our players."