There are two things that fans remember from Monday night’s game between the Ravens and Chiefs: Lamar Jackson showing that he is, in fact, not Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh absolutely losing it on an official on the sideline while not wearing a mask.
John Harbaugh about to fistfight this ref has been my mood all 2020 pic.twitter.com/ENRaKPkc8a
— Slightly Biased (@BiasedSlightly) September 29, 2020
Fans were quick to point out that Harbaugh should be expecting a fine from the league for not wearing his mask properly, but Harbaugh told ESPN that he hasn’t heard from the league about the situation at all. He also went on to praise his team’s efforts in mask-wearing during games so far this season.
“I don’t think there is anybody better than us, me or our staff, from the beginning of the game to the end of the game,” Harbaugh said. “To think in a three-hour heated, competitive environment, especially when you’re yelling, that your mask isn’t going to fall down for 5 to 10 seconds, I don’t think anybody could be held to that standard.”
At this point, it would be surprising to see the league not slap Harbaugh and the Ravens with a fine. The NFL has already fined four head coaches $100,000 each and teams an additional $250,000 for not wearing masks properly during games.
The league is also taking its punishments a step further as it sent out a memo to teams around the league warning that suspensions and even forfeiture of draft picks are on the table if coaches continue to not wear masks properly.