By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports activities Author
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns middle JC Tretter believes Kansas Metropolis assistant coach Greg Lewis must be disciplined by the NFL for his position in a sideline skirmish with Cleveland security Ronnie Harrison Jr. on Sunday.
Harrison was ejected from Cleveland’s 33-29 loss within the first quarter after he forcefully pushed Lewis, who shoved the Browns security after coming over to assist Chiefs working again Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Tretter, the NFL gamers’ union president, did not condone Harrison’s conduct, however stated Lewis must be held accountable by the league for his actions.
“I count on that the coach will get held to the identical customary – if not a better customary – than Ronnie,” Tretter stated on a Zoom name. “Being the primary one in there and being a coach, placing his arms on an opposing participant.
“I don’t assume there’s any room for that on this league.”
An NFL spokesman stated the incident is beneath assessment and that Harrison is not going to be suspended.
It’s seemingly he’ll be fined.
After an 11-yard achieve, Edwards-Helaire was tackled on Kansas Metropolis’s sideline by Harrison and linebacker Mack Wilson. With Edwards-Helaire on the bottom, Harrison was standing over him and appeared to step on the working again when Lewis, the staff’s working backs coach, came to visit and shoved Harrison.
Cleveland’s s afety fired again with a excessive shove t o Lewis’ neck space that knocked his headset askew.
Kansas Metropolis’s bench was initially known as for unsportsmanlike conduct. Following a assessment, the officers tossed Harrison, the dismissal costing the Browns one in every of their greatest defensive gamers.
Lewis was allowed to remain on the sideline, which did not sit effectively with the Browns.
“He ought to get the identical therapy that our gamers get,” stated All-Professional defensive finish Myles Garrett. “He must be tossed out of the sport identical to Ronnie.”
No matter transpired, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski stated Harrison wanted to indicate higher judgment.
“It’s the oldest factor in soccer: The sport officers all the time see the second man,” Stefanski stated. “And Ronnie has to indicate some poise there and never retaliate.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid was not requested about attainable self-discipline for Lewis on Monday. Following the sport, he defended his assistant.
“You don’t do this on our sideline, you don’t do this to our guys, backside line,” he stated.
Tretter noticed it in another way, with each Harrison and Lewis being fallacious.
“Clearly, Ronnie can’t retaliate,” he stated. “However we are able to’t have opposing coaches placing their arms on opposing gamers. We will’t have that.”
Tretter identified that coaches are now not allowed to go on the sector for accidents due to an incident between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals a number of years again. He added the league’s emphasis on the taunting rule this season is designed to reduce the possibility for retaliation.
Stefanski wasn’t pointing fingers, however he would not assume Harrison meant to step on Edwards-Helaire.
“I do assume that any contact that got here from Ronnie was incidental,’’ Stefanski stated. “In case you watch the tape, it’s fairly apparent that he’s getting collisioned as he’s attempting to get off of their boundary
“However that doesn’t excuse him from retaliating. You may’t do this. That’s one thing everyone knows, that the sport officers will see the second man not the primary man.’’
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