- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DAVIE, Fla. | The NFL decided against imposing any fines stemming from complaints by the Miami Dolphins that Baltimore fullback Le’Ron McClain spit in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder.

Merton Hanks, NFL director of football operations, found no conclusive evidence to support discipline, the league said in a statement Wednesday.

Crowder said McClain spit in his face during a timeout in Sunday’s game at Baltimore, which the Ravens won. Miami coach Tony Sparano asked the league to investigate.

McClain said he spit only accidentally, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said his player was innocent.

“We’ve heard a lot of things from Channing over the years,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve talked to Le’Ron. We’ve seen the videotape of it. It didn’t happen.

“He’s a captain at Alabama. He’s a Pro Bowler. He has been nothing but a model guy here for us. I don’t believe for one second that it happened.”

Hanks reviewed the video and reports from the on-field officials, including referee John Parry, who was in the immediate vicinity of the two players.


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