UPDATE (12/4/13; 11:25 a.m. ET): Tomlin has been fined $100K – click here for details.
UPDATE (12/3/13; 1:45 p.m. ET): Tomlin now says he’s “embarrassed” about being so close to the field.
The Steelers’ coach apologized at length on Tuesday, according to ESPN, saying he did not want to jeopardize the integrity of the game by defending his “inexcusable” actions.
Tomlin says he spoke with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and will accept any punishment from the league.
UPDATE (12/2/13; 8:54 p.m. ET): On Monday, Tomlin told FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer that none of his behavior should be seen as suspect.
“If anybody thinks I or anybody else would do this on purpose they are crazy,” Glazer quoted Tomlin as saying Monday on “FOX Football Daily.”
UPDATE (12/2/13; 5:01 p.m. ET): Check out video of Jacoby Jones’ raw reaction to Tomlin’s interference along the sidelines right after the play by clicking here.
UPDATE (12/2/13; 1:08 p.m. ET): Check out this new video, shot by KDKA-TV, which actually appears to show that coach Mike Tomlin knew exactly what he was doing when he stepped onto the field.
UPDATE (12/1/13; 2 p.m. ET): Tomlin and the Steelers could face a six-figure penalty and lose a draft pick.
UPDATE (11/29/13; 8:42 p.m. ET): NFL Memes just posted the following:
…and a BNJ reader sent us the following…
UPDATE (11/29/13; 12:46 p.m. ET): The NFL says it will look into Tomlin’s interference.
The league says the play is under review and will be “reviewed in normal course” with respect to any interference by Tomlin.
Original story below…
BALTIMORE – As if any fuel needed to be added to the fire that already exists between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Two key Steelers figures, a player and a coach, on Thanksgiving night quickly became the most hated men in Baltimore.
First, there was wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The Steelers finally got on the board in the third quarter when QB Ben Roethlisberger found Sanders in the back of the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown.
How did Sanders celebrate? With Ray Lewis’ signature squirrel dance, of course.
Talk about a classless move. To mock a legend who has already retired is beyond childish. This one ranks right up there with Terrell Owens running out to the star at midfield after scoring on the road against Dallas many years ago.
If anything, though, the Ravens should thank Sanders for providing them with the spark they needed to ensure that the Steelers would not win the game.
It’s clear, though, that Sanders was taking his cue from the team’s leader, Mike Tomlin.
Down 13-7, the Steelers kicked off to Ravens return man Jacoby Jones, who cut through a hole in the coverage unit and came chugging up the sideline.
Tomlin stood motionless along the sideline, barely out of bounds, and didn’t move until the last possible second.
Jones was forced to cut inside and was subsequently tackled by Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen.
At the very least, Tomlin should have been ejected. Some would argue that the Ravens should have been given a touchdown.
Tomlin’s defense that he simply “lost his placement” is laughable, and the NFL needs to come down hard on him.
Clearly, Ravens fans on Reddit, are equally as outraged.
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Ravens fans can take comfort in this statement from a Steelers fan, posted after the game…oh, and also in the fact that the Ravens won.
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- Emmanuel Sanders mocks Ray Lewis’ dance after touchdown in Steelers-Ravens (sbnation.com)
- Steelers’ Emmanuel Sanders Celebrates TD by Mocking Ray Lewis’ Signature Dance (bleacherreport.com)
- Emmanuel Sanders drops his chance to be a Steelers hero (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Steelers’ Emmanuel Sanders Celebrates TD by Mocking Ray Lewis’ Signature Dance (ridenpine.com)
- Mike Tomlin kinda interferes with Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return from sideline (sbnation.com)