Mike Tomlin fined $100K; NFL could still punish Steelers with draft pick penalty
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.
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.
Source: @NFL fines Mike Tomlin $100K and will consider taking away or downgrading a draft pick after final order is set. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 4, 2013