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NFL: No fines in alleged spitting incident

November 10, 2010 |  1:57 pm

Mcclain_200 The NFL has decided against imposing any fines after investigating complaints by the Miami Dolphins that Baltimore fullback Le'Ron McClain spit in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder.

Merton Hanks, the 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.

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

-- Associated Press

Photo: Le'Ron McClain. Credit: Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun