Mike Tomlin Fined $100,000 for Sideline Gaffe vs. Ravens

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin may have successfully slowed down Baltimore Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones by essentially stepping on the field Thanksgiving night, but the former Super Bowl winner paid the price to the tune of $100,000, according to an official release from the league.

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CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers will lose a late-round draft pick:

The Pittsburgh Steelers will in fact end up losing a late-round draft pick for coach Mike Tomlin’s actions on the sidelines Thanksgiving night, according to league sources. The NFL is not finalizing that decision until the spring, after all compensatory picks are sent.

TheMMQB.com's Peter King confirmed the news (via Pro Football Talk):

While Peter King of TheMMQB.com said during Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the Steelers will lose a draft pickonly if the Ravens miss the playoffs due to the failure of Jacoby Jones to score a touchdown on the play with which Tomlin interfered, King has since advised PFT that he was incorrect.

A late-round draft pick will indeed be forfeited by the Steelers, regardless of whether the Ravens miss the playoffs.  In the unlikely event that the tiebreaking process for the Ravens goes deep enough to consider net points and the Ravens miss the playoffs because the drive in question ended in a field goal and not a touchdown, the penalty will be enhanced.