After the Pittsburgh Steelers scored their first touchdown of the game against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter, wide receiver Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards before being tackled by cornerback Cortez Allen. During the return, however, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had to jump out of the way of Jones as he raced up the sideline. Tomlin was of course asked about the incident during his post game press conference.
“I always watch the returns on the jumbotron, it provides a better perspective for me,” said Tomlin. “Obviously I lost my placement as he broke free and I saw it at the last second, and how close I was to the field of play.”
Tomlin was then asked about being shown smiling on the jumbotron after the play happened.
“They always like to show me on the jumbotron here in Baltimore. I appreciate that,” he said.
The questions did not stop there, however, as the Steelers head coach was then asked if he knew that he wasn’t supposed to be on the six-foot wide stripe.
“Tell me something I don’t know,” shot back Tomlin. “I do it quite often like everybody else in the National Football League. I was wrong. I accept responsibility for it.”
Tomlin will indeed be fined by the league for his actions and you have to admit that it did look classless. This will indeed be a talking point all week and you can see an animated gif of the play below.