Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is not happy with the skirmish between one of his coaches and brown defensive back Ronnie Harrison Jr., but Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski sees it differently.
Harrison was ejected shortly in the first quarter after pushing Chiefs running back coach Greg Lewis in the face. The initial call was a penalty on Kansas City after Lewis pushed Harrison for stepping on Clyde Edwards-Helaire after being tackled.
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The call was reversed and Harrison was kicked out.
“So the guy who was involved in it came over, and he was on our player’s chest and that’s what happened,” Reid explained, via Kansas City Star. “So (Lewis) was trying to bring down (Harrison), and he didn’t want to come down, so he kind of lifted him up a little bit and then he got hit. But he was there to take this guy down that was s ‘pressing our guy. That’s why there was a penalty, right? So the officials corrected it, which I thought was important. “
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Whatever the sequence of events, Reid found Harrison’s reaction inexcusable.
“You don’t do this on the sidelines,” he said. “You don’t do that to our guys – bottom line. “
Stefanski didn’t entirely agree with the Chiefs side of the story, but added that Harrison’s push was a bad reaction.
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“I think any contact from Ronnie was accidental,” Stefanski said, via Cleveland.com. “If you watch the tape it’s pretty obvious he bumps into (sic) as he tries to get out of their border, but that doesn’t excuse him for fighting back. You can’t do that. something we all know, that match officials will see the second guy not the first guy. ”
Stefanski declined to say if he thinks Lewis should have been disciplined for the shove as well and added that any other discipline for Harrison would remain “internal”.