Troy Polamalu Wins Cell Phone Fine Appeal

Jason La Canfora reports that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu won his appeal of a $10,000 fine handed down by the league for using a cell phone on the sideline after suffering a concussion against the Jacksonville Jaguars back in week 6. Polamula was caught by television cameras using a cellphone that was provided to him by a Steelers staff member to let his wife, Theodora Polamalu, know he was fine.

The league fined Polamalu because the use of cell phones, PDAs or other electronic equipment in the bench area during a game is strictly prohibited beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game. The appeal was likely heard by either Art Shell or Ted Cottrell, who are mutually appointed by the league and the players union to hear the appeal of players and the right decision was made as Polamalu was merely letting his loved ones his condition due to his history of concussions.

I made a pretty good mockery of the fines handed out immediately after it was announced Polamalu was fined and I am glad that Polamalu won his appeal.

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    Per Profootballtalk, the appeal was not heard by Shell/Cottrell. “NFL spokesman Greg Aiello advises PFT that, because the situation did not involve something that happened on the field of play, the appeal actually was handled by the league office.” This confirms what Polamolu was complaining about, that the people who hear your appeal are the same people who fine you.