Mike Tomlin, Steelers may be hit with six-figure fine, reports say


Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin will likely pay dearly for his sideline sashay. (Gail Burton / AP)

That little sideline two-step on Thanksgiving night reportedly will cost Mike Tomlin and possibly the Pittsburgh Steelers dearly.

Using the $100,000 fine given the New York Jets in the wake of the Sal Alosi tripping incident three years ago, NFL officials are considering a six-figure fine for Tomlin and the team, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. It may also take away one or more draft picks. The Jets were not docked draft picks three years ago, when Alosi, the strength and conditioning coach, tripped a Miami Dolphins player. Alosi resigned after the season. Both Coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots were fined for Spygate.


Tomlin, who was watching on the JumboTron, impeded the progress of the Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones, who was sprinting down the field on a kick return. The Ravens won, 22-20.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that the Tomlin penalty won’t involve draft picks and that the league warned coaches about staying off of the broad white sideline stripe, sending a video and memo on Wednesday. Tomlin is not expected to be suspended and a decision could come as early as Monday.

H/T SB Nation

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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