Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct in the final moments of Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and then he chased an official down the tunnel toward the locker room after the game.
ESPN980, the Redskins’ flagship station, quoted Shanahan as using obscenities to berate the official underneath the stadium.
Shanahan on Monday afternoon released a statement about the exchange.
“When I overheard the official tell the head coach that the game was over after the false start penalty, I tried to explain that the game was not over,” Shanahan said. “That is what resulted in the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. I tried to get an explanation of how I could get that penalty when half of the other team was on the field, as well.
“I was frustrated, and in the process of trying to get some answers from the officials, I conducted myself in the wrong way.
“I ask our players to hold themselves to a high standard and be accountable, and I know that I’m accountable for my actions, as well.
“I know that I need to handle those situations better in the future. My emotions got the best of me, and I know it’s my responsibility. This will never happen again.”