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Steelers’ Tomlin fined $100K for play interference

Steelers’ Tomlin fined $100K for play interference

FINED $100K: Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on the sidelines of the Thanksgiving night game. Photo: Reuters/Gail Burton

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play in last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, the National Football League announced on Wednesday.

Tomlin had his back to the action on Thursday, watching a kickoff return by Jacoby Jones on a giant screen while standing on the edge of the playing field.

The coach, who at one point had one foot on the field, hopped out of the way just in time to avoid a possible collision with Jones during the third quarter of Baltimore’s 22-20 victory.

Because his conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of choices will also be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined, the NFL said in a news release.

Tomlin, a member of the NFL’s competition committee, initially told reporters: “I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron – it provides a better perspective for me.

“Obviously I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”

Tomlin then apologized for his actions at a news conference on Tuesday.

“As head coaches we’re held to higher standards of conduct. That blunder fell woefully short and in that vein I accept … the repercussions of a blunder of that nature,” he said.

“With my position comes preserving the integrity of the game of football.”

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