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NFL defends decision not to fine coaches

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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There is some sentiment that a double standard exists for fines imposed on NFL players compared to NFL coaches. The post-game handshake brouhaha between Detroit coach Jim Schwartz and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh didnt' result in any fines. Meanwhile, players get fined every week for wearing the wrong color shoes or socks. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey believes the two head coaches should have been fined. “What if that was a player?  How would (the NFL) react to that?,” Bailey said Thursday on NFL Network's Total Access.  “These are supposed to be the leaders of our team, and you let them get away with it, so to speak, and now how do you think the players will start acting?  I like it personally, but I just know how the NFL operates today, it’s amazing to me they let this slide.” Added Texans receiver Derrick Mason: “I think they should have (been fined), because these are the leaders of your team. I think the NFL should have slapped them with some type of fine, $5,000 or $10,000 here or there, to at least show them they have to be responsible for what they do on the field.” When I asked Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, about a perceived double standard, he defended the league's decision not to fine Harbaugh and Schwartz. "Players would not have been fined for that type of incident," Aiello told me in an email. "It was embarrassing but there was no fighting. It was consistent with how it would have been handled with players."

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