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Art Rooney II Says Steelers Will Appeal If Team Incurs More Discipline From Mike Tomlin Sideline Incident


The NFL has yet to say whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers will incur the loss or modification of a 2014 draft pick as a result of the Mike Tomlin sideline incident in the game against the Baltimore Ravens earlier this season, but on Wednesday, team president Art Rooney II told the media what his course of action would be if any additional discipline is handed down.

According to Bob Labriola on Twitter, Rooney says he would expect the league to notify the team of any additional discipline before spring owners meetings take place and if there is any more discipline handed down, he let it be known that the team would appeal it.

Tomlin was fined $100,000 by the league for stepping onto the field during the long kickoff return by Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and has since let it be known that he takes full responsibility for his actions. Tomlin insisted that his actions were not intentional but did refer to them as being embarrassing and inexcusable.

The Ravens went on to win the game and any point differential that might have been gained or lost as a result of Tomlin's actions did not play a role in either team failing to advance to the playoffs. As far as Rooney is concerned, it appears as though he thinks this should be a non issue moving forward and we'll have to wait and see if the league feels the same way.

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  • Virdin Barzey

    The NFL is run by a bunch of chimps in suits. Problem is that they have a ton of dopey fans that agree with their asinine dieciosn

  • steeltown

    2nd that… I disagree strongly as well

  • HopalongCassidy

    Frankly, I do not understand how the majority of NFL owners continue to support Roger Goodell. I think he is a disaster for a commissioner and a wannabe dictator who is grossly overpaid. If I were the Rooneys, I’d be calling for his head.

  • cencalsteeler

    After the missed calls in the San Diego/ KC game, the league would have to have some very big kahunas to even think about taking a draft pick away from the Steelers. If anything, the league should grant them a comp. pick for their acknowledged blunder(s) in that game that kept them from the playoffs.

  • Callentown

    So Dave, this is what I was asking when I asked you back when this happened if Rooney would ‘make a phone call’ or do something to use his weight instead of just take this ridiculous b.s.

    Glad to hear he won’t take it sitting down anyway.

    Man, Goodell is an A$$.

  • Dan Rinkes

    There’s one reason the owners support Goodell…..$$$$$$$$$$

  • HopalongCassidy

    What makes you think the NFL wouldn’t make just as much without Goodell ?

  • joed32

    He only does what the owners tell him to do but he did get them a sweetheart deal with the union. The cap has hardly gone up since they signed it. They love him for that.

  • Dan Rinkes

    What makes you think you couldn’t quit your job today and get one that pays more? You might be able to do that. But you’d be crazy to give up an adequately paying job for only a possibility of getting a better one. The only way to know if the NFL would make as much without Goodell would be to fire him and see, but why would they do that if they’re satisified with the current financial situation?

  • Rick M

    If the league had any class – and it doesn’t – it would announce there will be no further punishment in light of the officiating error (i.e. the illegal field goal formation) that may have kept the kept the Steelers from the playoffs.

  • RW

    It’s not for the money now… it’s for the money 5 years from now, 10 years from now, 200 years from now, etc. If you had asked me 3 years ago what I thought of Goodell, I’d have been on the “If I saw him in person I’d kick him in the nuts without thinking” bandwagon, but my opinion of him is changing. The owners need him. Outside of perhaps Jerry Jones, owners generally aren’t as invested in their team winning a super bowl because they’re content with the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars their teams make for them each year (I don’t know the exact figures, but it’s a lot, according to Forbes). The owners need him because he was entrusted with preserving the game for the future… i.e. making sure there is a future for football. They had the foresight to know that the sport was getting more violent and more dangerous, and while the public may love grown men doing this, they would turn on the sport if the number of children that became paralyzed or died from playing it increased significantly. In just two years (from 2010 to 2012), pop warner lost 10% of its players, which is remarkable (consider that the population has remained stagnant from 1999-2008). For the owners, the writing was on the wall: either make the game safer to save it, or let it crash and burn. I’m not sure an owner with a team worth 2.3 billion dollars bringing in a net revenue of 539 million dollars (Cowboys, per Forbes) wants this to go away (by the way, the average value of an NFL franchise is just north of $1 billion). In fact, I’m willing to bet no NFL owner wants to start seeing declines in interest in the sport. It may be peaking now, particularly with the NFLs new emphasis on making the games more interactive, but in order to ensure its place amongst the great sports in the future, the owners need Goodell to follow through with his plan to make the game safer. Thus, they will continue to support him as long as the public keeps its interest and believes that the game is continuously becoming safer to play.

  • RW

    Replace may have with definitely did and the choice becomes significantly more obvious for the league…

  • r4kolb

    Guess we will find out 2 things.
    1. Are the Rooney’s relevant anymore.
    2. Is there something to this “The league has it out for the Steelers” conspiracy.

  • Patrick Reid

    Although we should have not have been in that position to start with. The second I learned that they blew the call I said the same thing. Any loss of a draft pick after the league admitted their error would be totally a slap in the face. The consideration of losing a draft pick was already over the top in my estimation anyway.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Thanks for the novel. I guess the NFL was nothing before Goodell. It was all his doing and will fall apart without him. There is no other like him. Got it.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Sorry. I wasn’t aware that networks, advertisers and fans plunked down their money to watch Goodell. My mistake. I thought football was the draw.

  • RW

    I don’t know which 10 sentence novel you’re currently reading, but I’d love to read it some time…

    The NFL will fall apart if safety measures aren’t taken. Before Goodell’s tenure as commissioner, safety issues weren’t a concern, but with the game growing and the fan base growing, it has become more of a concern. If they were to fire Goodell now, they would essentially be admitting that his vision for a safer league is not a priority.

  • Chad H

    We are out of the play offs because a 0-4 start. With that said several 8-8 teams were fighting for #6 and the refs took the Steelers out with their lack of calls. The Steelers should be getting draft picks now. Who in the end lost the most? Not the Ravens, win and in, which they didn’t do. Same with the dolphins. In the end we started 0-4 so I will not lose to much sleep over this as long as we don’t lose any of our picks.

  • cencalsteeler

    Regardless of whether or not the team started out dismal or not doesn’t change the fact that if the refs made the right call in that game, the Steelers would have been the 6 seed.
    The Steelers were 6-2 in their last 8 games and we all know a hot hand is what you want heading into the playoffs. I feel the Steelers match up well against the Bengals and a W in the wild card game could have easily been attained.
    Now, it’s easy to take the high road and say the Steelers shouldn’t have put themselves in that predicament, but why would you feel the Chargers deserve more of an opportunity to be in the playoffs than the Steelers?

  • Dan

    Actually the league should grant us an extra compensory pick for the multiple officiating errors in KC and in our own games that contributed to our playoff absence.
    I also think my city council should properly time the local traffic lights, my wife should be more submissive and that congress should balance the budget.
    ~~you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one….

  • Chad H

    Didn’t say I feel the Chargers deserve to be there more than the Steelers and I agree the refs screwed up. Yes they finished strong and were the hot hand however we lost to shit teams and had we even went 2-2 we wouldn’t be having this conversation. So you win on your own and don’t depend on other teams or refs to get you in the playoffs. It is what it is and it’s time to move forward without losing a draft pick.

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