According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is very upset with the NFL’s threat to take away or modify draft choices as a result of the penalty given to head coach in Mike Tomlin for his Thursday night sideline incident.
#Steelers very upset w NFL's threat of draft choices in Mike Tomlin penalty, saying "there is no precedent for it," per team source.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 4, 2013
“There is no precedent for it,” per a team source, Dulac reported.
It’s not surprising that the Rooney family, if indeed that is who the team source is referencing, would be upset and they are right when they say there is no precedent for a draft pick to modified or taken away due to Tomlin’s actions that resulted in the head coach receiving a $100,000 fine on Wednesday.
The New York Jets were fined $100,000 nearly three years ago when then-strength coach Sal Alosi tripped Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll on the sideline as he was covering a punt in the third quarter. Alosi was also fined $25,000 by the league for his actions.
At no time during the Jets incident, was there ever talk about them having a draft pick modified or taken away.