New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he meant no disrespect to the replacement official he grabbed after Sunday's last-minute loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPNBoston.com.
"From the sideline I saw the ball go pretty close to the upright. I couldn't obviously tell from where I was at where exactly it went," Belichick said in a statement at the start of his Monday press conference. "But I saw players waving that it was no good, then I saw the officials giving the signal that it was good, and I just wasn't sure from where I was standing whether the ball, when it went over the crossbar, was above the upright or in between or not in between the upright.
"So by rule, if the ball isn't over the crossbar, and it's either inside or outside of the upright, that's reviewable. If it's over the crossbar, over the top of the upright rather, then it's not reviewable. I couldn't tell, from my angle, when the ball crossed the crossbar, where it was. So I didn't know whether or not that play was going to be under review or whether it wasn't.
"So when the game was over, I went out and I was really looking for an explanation from the officials as to whether or not the play was under review. I did try to get the official's attention as he was coming off the field to ask that, but I really wasn't able to do that."
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