Posted December 04, 2013

Mike Tomlin fined $100K; NFL could still punish Steelers with draft pick penalty

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Mike Tomlin was contrite about his sideline incident Thanksgiving night. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Mike Tomlin was contrite about his sideline incident and said he accepted the penalty. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for his near-collision with Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones on Thanksgiving night.

The NFL is also considering downgrading one of Pittsburgh’s draft picks after the order is set, a source told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

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Tomlin said on Tuesday that his actions were “embarrassing” and “a blunder,” but maintained they were unintentional.

NFL executive VP of football operations Ray Anderson made the decision. In the league’s announcement, it read that “because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.”

Therefore, the Steelers could either have a pick downgraded, have a pick taken away completely, or be forced to give Baltimore a pick as compensation.

The only fine of more than $100,000 that the NFL has ever doled out to a coach was Bill Belichick’s $500K punishment for his involvement in the Patriots’ illegal videotaping scandal.

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6 comments
SezEye
SezEye

He should be fired and banned from the sport for life.

tmadz
tmadz

I still don't buy Tomlin's apology. The whole thing smells too much not to think it wasn't on purpose. There was no one else even close to the white stripe on the entire sideline, except for Tomlin. How convenient.

wileycoyote1
wileycoyote1

he can always appeal to obamy or okrah say it's racial profiling

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Jacoby Jones should have "accidentally" smashed into him 

step in between the lines and be treated as such 

TheDudeSpeaks
TheDudeSpeaks

Good. Take their draft pick, that was bush league. 

tmadz
tmadz

@wileycoyote1 Really? How pathetic that your first thought goes right to racism. Seems to me that it's more important to you than to most everyone else. Dost thou protest too much?