Browns’ Ronnie Harrison fined for pushing Chiefs coach

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CLEVELAND – Cleveland Browns safety Ronnie Harrison has been fined over $ 12,000 for the scuffle incident with an opposing coach who found him ejected from last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs while that the coach who was also involved did not receive any punishment.

Last Sunday, after tackling running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire near the Chiefs touchline, Harrison attempted to get past the running back, getting caught in the leg. As Harrison tried to step over Edwards-Helaire, the Chief’s sideline attempted to separate the two and Chiefs running back coach Greg Lewis on the opposing sideline pushed the Browns’ safety.

The push prompted Harrison to react, pushing the coach away. The match officials threw a flag and called unsportsmanlike conduct on the Chiefs sideline, but soon afterward they also flagged Harrison, disqualifying him from the competition.

After the game, Browns players and coaches commented on the incident, declining to apologize for Harrison’s actions, but also noting that Lewis shouldn’t have gotten involved either.

Browns special teams coordinator Mike Priefer joked that he wouldn’t imagine touching Harrison based solely on his height, but he also wouldn’t tolerate the role of security in the incident. .

“I wouldn’t hit Ronnie Harrison, have you seen the size of this guy?” Said Priefer. “Ronnie was in a tough spot. Obviously neither of us condone what he did. I’ve never been in a position where I would push a player. I don’t care how good you are. angry with a guy. It was a bit of the heat of the moment. Unfortunately Ronnie got kicked out, and it hurt us. We talk about it a lot – being a smart, tough, responsible and resilient team and being a football player that you can play for the Cleveland Browns if you’re that type of guy. I know Ronnie is that type of guy. I’m sure he regrets that decision. Just move on and hope it doesn’t. happen again.

Browns center and NFLPA chairman JC Tretter also commented on the situation, declining to apologize for Harrison’s actions, but also clarifying that Lewis, like any coach who had to get his hands on a player, would also have had to be held responsible.

“Obviously Ronnie can’t fight back, you can’t be second in these incidents, you’ll always be called out for that, but we can’t let the opposing coaches get a hold of the opposing players. We can’t have that. “Said Tretter.” So I would expect the coach to be held to the same level if not higher than Ronnie, being the first there and being a coach getting their hands on an opposing player. I don’t think there is a place for that in this league. “

But Lewis was not held at the same level as Harrison as he remained in the game after Harrison was kicked out and was not fined for the incident. Harrison was fined a total of $ 12,128.

Instead, a note was released by the league and sent to 32 NFL teams after the incident to remind coaches they can’t get their hands on opposing players.

“A memo was sent out to the whole league reminding people and staff how you should behave on the sidelines,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Friday.

The note, a warning to Lewis, serves as the sole acknowledgment of Lewis’s actions against NFL Harrison.

News 5 contacted the NFL for a statement regarding the incident and the arbitration ruling that followed earlier in the week and has not received a response.

Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.

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