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Browns' JC Tretter: Chiefs coach should face discipline

9/14/2021 5:13:11 PM
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Browns center JC Tretter joined Myles Garrett in calling for Chiefs assistant coach Greg Lewis to be disciplined for his role in the sideline incident that resulted in Harrison’s ejection from Sunday’s 33-29 loss to the Chiefs on the fifth defensive play.

An NFL spokesman told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the entire matter will be reviewed.

After an 11-yard catch by running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Harrison and Mack Wilson combined to make the tackle in the front of the Chiefs’ bench. Things escalated, and Harrison tripped over Edwards-Helaire while trying to leave the scene. Lewis, seeing Harrison’s feet on his running back, shoved him away, and Harrison retaliated with a hard push to Lewis’ neck area, knocking his headset loose.

Harrison was ejected from the game, and Garrett said afterward that Lewis should’ve been sent to the showers too.

During a Zoom conference Monday, Tretter also called for some action against Lewis.

“Obviously Ronnie can’t retaliate,’’ Tretter said. “You can’t be the second one in those instances. You’re always going to get called for that. But we can’t have opposing coaches putting their hands on opposing players.’’

Never one to mince words, Tretter said, “We can’t have that. We’ve seen rules be changed. I think a few years ago we had an incident with the Bengals and Steelers I believe where now coaches aren’t allowed on the field during injuries because something like that happened and it ramped everybody up and we had a few nasty plays after that because of it. And then the NFL’s whole stance behind this change in the taunting rule was to avoid retaliation and avoid events that cause retaliation.

“So I would expect that the coach gets held to the same standard if not a higher standard than Ronnie, being the first one in there and being a coach, putting his hands on an opposing player, I don’t think there’s any room for that in this league.’’

Coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn’t say if he felt Lewis should be disciplined, nor would he say if he’ll discipline Harrison further than the fine he’ll likely get from the NFL this week.

“I’ll keep that internal, but obviously it’s disappointing when you lose a starter after five plays,’’ Stefanski said. “It’s the oldest thing in football and in sport. The official always sees the second guy.’’

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