Bill Belichick threw a challenge flag toward a ref Sunday like a 5-year-old throwing a hissy after being denied candy. (Watch the video below.)
The New England Patriots coach disagreed with the ball placement after running back Rhamondre Stevenson had apparently reached a first down in the third quarter but was ruled short.
Check out the bratty contempt as Belichick slams the flag down in front of the kneeling referee’s face, prompting guffaws and jokes from NBC announcers Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth.
"Shaq would have been proud of that dunk," Cris Collinsworth.
"The disgusted challenge flag thrown by Bill," Mike Tirico.
Bill Belichick was not happy to have to challenge this spot. He lost the challenge but the Pats picked up the first down. pic.twitter.com/pZThxVX0z5
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“That’s beautiful,” Tirico said. “Shaq would have been proud of that dunk,” Collinsworth chimed in.
The coach’s appeal was rejected after a replay review and the Patriots eventually lost to Miami, 24-17, to fall to 0-2. But the moment scored as a meme.
Bill Belichick spiking the challenge flag in the refs face is going to be one of the best memes of the season 😂 pic.twitter.com/BxEiOWwN1U
— Bussin' With The Boys (@BussinWTB) September 18, 2023
— Roberto Shenanigans (@Rob_Shenanigans) September 18, 2023
The way Bill Belichick threw that challenge flag was so petty 😂 pic.twitter.com/o4MqOcDVhu
— Chuck (@ChuckSportsApp) September 18, 2023
— Pat R (@ByPatRifino) September 18, 2023
Bill Belichick with the greatest challenge flag of all time😂 pic.twitter.com/yqHfktwJ42
— Cash Goldman (@TollHouseCooks) September 18, 2023
Bill Belichick with the best challenge flag throw you have ever seen pic.twitter.com/imOsZCzLnb
— HOUcards (@HoUcards) September 18, 2023