BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Ravens coach John Harbaugh got fired up at the referees Monday night in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It may wind up costing him a pretty penny.

After tight end Nick Boyle was flagged for tripping, the furious head coach took off his face mask to yell in the referee’s face. Unfortunately for Harbaugh, the confrontation was caught on camera. The referee was still wearing his mask.

Harbaugh could be fined at least $100,000.

It’s not the first time, he’s taken off his mask during a game to yell at someone. He did it from the sidelines during the Texans game.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh reacts on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Several NFL coaches were fined last week for violating the league’s face mask policy for coronavirus.

He said later he didn’t believe “anybody could be held to that standard”.

“To think in a three-hour competitive environment, you know, especially when you’re yelling, that your mask isn’t gonna fall down or whatever for five or ten seconds, so I think that’d be, I don’t think anybody could be held to that standard,” he said.

This story was first posted on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:13 p.m. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (11)
  1. Ms Karen Griffin says:

    But,he had the mask on,it wasn’t until he got upset that he pulled it down,NO he shouldnt be fined

  2. Jam says:

    ref blew the call – fine the ref

  3. King Julian says:


  4. DearLC says:

    How much longer are the people going to tolerate this madness?

    1. Fred says:

      Exactly. It’s insanity.

  5. LA NUKKA says:

    Anyone wearing a mask is a sheep buying the communist lie – CONJOB 19

  6. Mike says:

    Just another reason I quit watching football. I won’t help donate to the cash cow.

  7. Sum Ting Wong says:

    this is stupid as it gets, since nobody was watching.

  8. Billy Paul says:

    The players are right on top of each other, breathing on each other!

  9. chrissfarmer says:

    We will have to tolerate the madness until Biden is sworn in. It’s Trump that has mismanaged a deadly pandemic. COVID is very real.

    Football is a game, it has rules. There is no mask rule for players. “All individuals with Bench Area Access, except for Players, shall be required to wear masks at all times. Coaches must wear either a mask, neck gaiter, and/or face shield to satisfy this obligation.” Anyone on the field such as media, officials, security etc have to wear masks.

    Harbaugh should be fined for not wearing a mask. I agree the call was bad, but he still had to have the mask on. If he does not like the rules he should not be in the NFL. Only idiots think COVID is a hoax.

  10. Retired teacher says:

    Yes he should be fined. If he does not like the mask rule the NFL implemented then he can find another job or coach from the booth. Players have to wear helmets on the field. If they take them off to argue with a ref they get fined. All staff on the sidelines (not players) HAVE to wear a mask, that’s the rule. They are required, NOT optional. There are no exceptions for yelling at the ref, especially getting right up into his face to do it.

    They need to fine the coaches until they get it,

    If you don’t like the rule or football, what are you doing here?

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