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Mike Tomlin Fined $100K For Sideline Dance, Forfeiture of Draft Picks on the Horizon?


Well “Steeler Nation,” it looks like Mike Tomlin is much lighter in the wallet now. According to, Pittsburgh’s head coach was fined $100,000 earlier today for his tap-dance on the sidelines during Pittsburgh’s most recent game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Make no mistake, I am all for Tomlin being fined for what he did on the field. It was a moronic action and he deserved to either pay out of his pocket or pay with a suspension. He obstructed Jacoby Jones on his kickoff return, and he deserved the same type of punishment which the NFL handed down on the Jets after Sal Alosi’s tripping episode back in 2010.

While I totally agree with the hefty fine sent Tomlin’s way, the article mentioned that the league’s brass are considering the forfeiture of draft picks as an add-on to Pittsburgh’s punishment.

Readers, please enlighten me: How does taking draft picks equate to a just punishment for Tomlin’s ridiculous act?

As I stated before, the punishment of a fine (or even a one or two-game suspension) makes sense for what Pittsburgh’s head coach did last Thursday. Of course, concepts like “logic” and “consistency” have seemed to escape those in the NFL offices over the last half decade or so. Thus, the notion that the league’s brass are considering taking away draft choices doesn’t shock me at all.





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  • Kimmy

    Dom I totally agree with you :) The fine was adequate punishment for his actions, draft picks make no sense whatsoever. There should also be discipline for the refs who kept their flags in their pockets while clearly seeing that Tomlin was in the wrong place.

    • Craig

      If they are going to do that – penalize the refs – then they need to do double duty for them keeping their flags in their pockets for the helmet to helmet that almost killed Bell.

      • Justin

        And there wasn’t a fine for the hit either, right?

  • Craig

    Why take draft picks? Well obviously the almighty and righteous NFL knows something we don’t, much like in the way of Bounty-gate and Spy-gate. Alosi’s punishment did not include draft picks, and I’m sure the argument there would be that Alosi was not the head coach. Well I’ll eat my hat if Sexy Rexy had no knowledge of what was going on and did not condone it.

    Draft picks are a team based/organizational penalty (like Spy-gate). Tomlin’s act was an individual offense and should be kept that way – much like when James Harrison decides to light someone up in the head. The fine and suspensions are his and his alone. To penalize draft picks is basically either eluding to the notion that Rooney himself told Tomlin to interfere with Jones or that somehow that kind of gaffe is Rooney’s fault. Maybe that should be part of the questionnaire for hiring new coaches – “Are you known or have been known to do something stupid as to cheat?”

  • Dave Buzard

    Withholding a future draft pick seems like punishment for a premeditated act. Tomlin’s act was a real time, in game infraction like roughing the passer or HEY, too many men on the field. In addition to the fine, I would think some sort of creative discipline like Tomlin being banished from the sideline for a game and forced to coach from the booth. Some sort of ‘doghouse’ punishment specifically for the perpetrator and not the organization as a whole. An administrative benching, if you will. Tomlin would see the logic in that due to the fact that he broke not one, but two of his own rules: ‘Situational awareness’ and ‘being positionally responsible to himself and his team, obviously’.

    • Kimmy

      I absolutely love that idea! Kind of a “sit up here in this booth and think about what you’ve done” kind of thing. Sends the right message to the rest of the league while not punishing the entire team for the coach’s boneheaded mistake, obviously. :)