Nearly two weeks later, we are still talking about what prompted the sideline incident between Cleveland Browns safety Ronnie Harrison and Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Greg Lewis.
Since that time, Harrison has not spoken publicly about the incident that prompted his ejection from the game.
He was also fined $12,128.
Last week it was reported that Harrison plans to appeal the fine.
#Browns safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. will appeal the fine he received from the #NFL for scrap with #Chiefs assistant Greg Lewis, a league source said. Updatedhttps://t.co/zmtZersbsC
— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 18, 2021
In contrast, Lewis was not ejected from the game and initially not assessed a fine.
It was later reported that the NFL did fine Lewis for his involvement.
The amount of the fine has not been disclosed.
On Monday, the NFLPA was informed that Greg Lewis, the Chiefs coach who shoved Browns safety Ronnie Harrison was fined an undisclosed amount of money…3 days after Harrison was informed of his fine…#ClevelandVsWorld #Browns #DawgCheck #DawgPound https://t.co/QEamkzZQpb
— BrownsTown USA Podcast 🎧 (@BrownstownUSA) September 21, 2021
Lewis Speaks Out
On Thursday, Lewis finally addressed the issue.
“I lost my cool. As a parent, I need to be a better example & defuse the situation. It’s something I shouldn’t be a part of. I’ve spoken with Coach Reid & the NFL. From that standpoint, it’s not going to happen again.”
Greg Lewis on his incident against the Browns: "I lost my cool. As a parent, I need to be a better example & defuse the situation. It's something I shouldn't be a part of. I've spoken with Coach Reid & the NFL. From that standpoint, it's not going to happen again."
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) September 23, 2021
#Browns Ronnie Harrison can’t do this. You just can’t. Ejection and fine is automatic. Even if a coach pushes you because he thinks you’re purposely stepping on his player (and I actually don’t think it was on purpose by Harrison) you can’t open-hand shove a coach in the face. pic.twitter.com/jeWzEu1kUo
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 12, 2021
It happened early in the game on the Kansas City sidelines as the play finished out of bounds.
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was lying on the ground.
Television cameras caught and replayed the Harrison portion of the exchange.
He pushed Lewis with enough strength to jostle his glasses.
A further review of the footage showed that Lewis initially shoved Harrison.
Lewis shoved, and Harrison responded; both were wrong to do what they did.
Coach Stefanski spoke about the incident after the game.
“I talked to Ronnie. It’s the oldest thing in football, in sport – the game officials always see the second guy, and Ronnie’s got to show some poise there and not retaliate.”
It was definitely a heat of the moment exchange.
With fans in the stands, there is a lot more electricity in stadiums this year.
The NFL sent out a memo to all teams reminding coaches to maintain appropriate behavior.
#Browns Kevin Stefanski said a memo went out to the league reminding staff members of how to properly conduct themselves following the shoving incident with Ronnie Harrison and Chiefs RBs coach Greg Lewis.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) September 17, 2021
Hopefully, this ugly incident is soon in the rearview mirror.
Thanks for finding the video that proves Ronnie Harrison was not doing anything wrong UNTIL he was shoved.
I have seen some reports that he was standing or stomping on the Chiefs player (as per Romo the brainless) and the video shows he was trying to NOT step on the players when the Chief’s offensive line man bumped him back onto the player and the coach lost it.