(NEW YORK) — Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones as he ran down the sideline in their game on Thursday night.
The incident occurred during the third quarter of Thursday night’s game, when the Steelers trailed 13-7, and Jones was running down the sideline during a kickoff. Tomlin’s foot was on the white stripe of the sideline in Jones’ direction. Jones then slowed up and was tackled, but could have run in for a touchdown.
“I can’t be in that space and I was, so I take full responsibility for that,” Tomlin said on Tuesday. “It’s an inexcusable blunder on my part. I understand with my position comes the charge of preserving and protecting the integrity of the game of football, and I think probably my biggest error on Thursday night is not realizing that play jeopardized the integrity of the game from a perception standpoint.”
Tomlin had his back to the play and was not called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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