*Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.
The NFL also said Wednesday that it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick “because the conduct affected a play on the field.”
In the third quarter of the Ravens’ 22-20 win last Thursday, Tomlin was standing on the restricted white border between the sideline and field during Jacoby Jones‘ kickoff return. Jones had to swerve to avoid colliding with the coach and was tackled after a 73-yard return that might have gone for a touchdown if not for the obstruction.
Tomlin, who briefly stepped onto the field before he jumped back, was not penalized during the game for the rule violation.
The coach explained Tuesday that he was “mesmerized” by watching Jacoby’s return on the video board.
“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron; it provides a better perspective for me,” Tomlin explained to reporters after the game, via NFL.com. “Obviously, I lost my placement as he broke free, and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”
At his regular Tuesday press conference, Tomlin “acknowledged” that his action was “embarrassing,” “inexcusable” and “a blunder,” but maintains that it was “unintentional.” He also said he would accept any punishment.