Pete Prisco Implying A History Of Sexual Misconduct In Mike Tomlin’s Past?

During an NFL Draft segment on CBS yesterday, Will Brinson had on analysts Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan to discuss some draftees that they believed to be overrated and underrated, which is pretty standard tv time for a draft taking place in May.

When the graphic displayed during the segment was wrong, however, it gave the commentators a respite as the production crew reset. Brinson brought up the recent lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and it wasn’t before long that the not so private conversation turned to the transgressions of NFL players.

As they wondered about the lack of traction gained by Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s domestic incident, Prisco then changed the focus to far more violent matters, particularly former New England Patriots tight end and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez and former safety Darren Sharper, who is accused of raping several women. He unquestionably had an interesting take on the matter.

Aaron Hernandez, at least you knew what he was. A guy like Darren Sharper, he’s more dangerous than Aaron Hernandez. At some point, he was going to kill somebody. That’s who he was, he was a killer. The sneaky, creepy, repulsive Darren Sharper is far worse, to me, than Aaron Hernandez.

People say it’s not the same as murder, but he basically murdered those girls, they’ll never be the same. It’s disgusting. And somebody said, there’s no way he just started that either, by the way. He’s been doing that his whole life.

Prisco is certainly entitled to air his opinions, even if it’s woefully irresponsible to do so on a hot mic, which Kirwan himself mentioned during the off-camera discussion.

Surely the family of the individual or individuals that Hernandez is accused of murdering will have a firm opinion on whether or not rape and murder are equal offenses. No doubt the survivors of rape assaults would also find it interesting that Prisco views them “basically” as walking corpses and not living, breathing people.

Perhaps the most interesting segment of the ill-placed conversation, however, came following that, when Prisco decided to mention that Sharper happened to have a relationship with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

The two both played for William & Mary, where their time on the field overlapped in Tomlin’s final season in 1994, Sharper’s freshman year, after which Tomlin began coaching. He also was Sharper’s defensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. But, according to Prisco, that wasn’t where the connections between the two end:

“You know who his buddy is…Tomlin. It isn’t exactly known. He’s his buddy. They were at William & Mary together. And Tomlin’s got a reputation for this. I’m not saying he’s that”.

Prisco certainly brings up quite an interesting accusation, especially considering that Tomlin met his wife, Kiya, while the two were both attending William & Mary. Tomlin is one of the most widely respected men among players, coaches, and owners around the league, so it’s a wonder that he could survive a “reputation” of what Prisco clearly implies is some type of sexual infidelity or deviance.

While it’s true that the aforementioned conversation was not meant for public consumption, Prisco should have had the wherewithal to comprehend that he was wearing a microphone with cameras pointed at him. Anything you say is ready-made to go public. Therefore, you are accountable to the public for what you say.

In this instance, he made a highly incriminating implication about a top-level coach that could tarnish is reputation, but offered no proof other than having had a relationship with a former teammate and player that was later accused of multiple rapes. Not exactly the most productive usage of your few minutes of off-air downtime, at best. Slanderous at worst.

UPDATE: CBS has now removed the video, but below is an audio capture.

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  • Steve

    Wow – Can’t believe Prisco would come out and say something like this. May put a blemish on Tomlin’s reputation and sure it brought a few people to wonder what happen between the him and Sharper.

  • wilsonmjw

    That Prisco better have a realllly good lawyer unless he has some proof to back up those irresponsible statements.

  • Paddy

    That’s just crazy, can’t believe he would say that first of all and do it on an open Mike. Everyday in sports there is some controversy.

  • scott2443

    this is why the steelers should not be on hard knocks….this sorta thing is just starting i believe it was no accident that it was supposely over heard …he knew the steelers were in lime light because hard knocks stuff being tossed around …so this gets him noticed and surely get this sorta sling the mud media from nfl and espn also talking about it…i wonder what we would find if we dug up priscos past and just hint at it like he seems its ok too do…just more media sling the mud see who gets hit…

  • Paddy

    No he’ll(Prisco) be fired

  • Jason

    I have no words to describe such a reckless statement.

  • DB84

    Is Tomlin’s history that he was Ben’s coach during the sexual assault case? Thats all I can think of…Prisco is an idiot

  • Kyle Owens


  • steeltown

    Just… wow

  • Matt Smith

    Its Pete Prisco, he’s a clown.

  • george

    Prisco and Rapoport should both get jobs at the National Inquirer!

  • Tomlin should sue just because. I would I would tie him up with so much litigation his grandchildren would need lawyers

  • Andrew

    Angers me that a bum like Prisco has this much of a voice in the media, let alone with CBS. What evidence or dot-connecting does he have to make this kind of statement? Purely moronic … hope he gets fired for the overall topics of discussion he commented on today.

  • James Kling

    “We begin bombing in five minutes…”
    Prisco. What a total douche.

  • greeny

    Tomlin needs to challenge this guy.

  • Biggie

    What a duchebag.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If we connect enough dots eventually we will all have been part of this…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The problem with news media is that if one of them is struggling because they just are not as good as the other media outlets then they need to create or stretch stories to keep people coming back or coming to their site. The best thing to do for us the listener is too stop commenting about anything Prisco writes and he will fade off into the distance. As long as we talk about what he says he stays relevant even though what he says is irrelevant.

  • joed32

    Just did a Google search and the only place reporting this is this site.

  • tim

    Sounds like this “reporter” had run out of things to report or talk about before the draft and fugured ” why not stir the pot? Not like ANYTHING will happen to me, my name will get out there etc! Yea thats what I’ll do..!”

  • tim

    I bet he is NOT fired but lets HOPE so!

  • Jason Brant

    Embarrassing. Prepare to be canned.

  • tim

    National Inquirer sports report!

  • tim

    Great….so its two sites

  • Justin Barlow

    What a schmuck!! So because I was on the same team as a guy, he and I are buddies?? And because we’re buddies we share the same activities and reputation?? Are you kidding me? Priscoe outta be fired.


    He has no evidence, that was pure gossip between grown men caught on video. Pathetic.

  • joed32

    Well a site and a link to the site anyway. LOL

  • Ryan

    Prisco ALWAYS says negative crap about the Steelers in general. Now to say something personal about a WELL respected MAN such as Tomlin is beyond ludicrous.

  • John21

    Why is this not BLOWING UP????

  • Paddy

    Strange no mention anywhere

  • WilliamSekinger

    Some advice for the sports networks…cut to commercial, you actually make more money that way!

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    We all know ppl that have done bad stuff..anyone who says they dont is lien or lived a very shelterd life under a rock or on the moon..Tomlin needs to sue this weirdo

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah this is the only article about it on the internet.

  • Matt Manzo

    They fired him today?

  • Luke Shabro

    Despite the fact that Prisco is a complete slanderous moron, he actually wasn’t fired. That was a story from a satire website. Read the whole story and you’ll see the context…

  • mlc43

    This was funny stuff. I wouldn’t even acknowledge this crap if I was Tomlin. Wow, Tomlin was a Freshman when Sharper was a senior at W&M. OMG!!! How dare Tomlin let that happen!!! To top it off Tomlin COACHED him later on!!!! Holy crap!!! This is some hard evidence that Tomlin is crazy!! How dare he coach someone on the team he is working for!!!!!! It’s a solid connection!! They need to start checking Tomlin’s home for secret chambers of horror. LMAO…what a freaking idiot.

  • Iron Cadet

    So anyone on nfl network with him or that was on his team should also have the same thin implied right? Wow just stupid

  • 412 Central

    What a Waste of Sperm

  • Prisco has always been a doush

  • I can’t figure out how he wasn’t fired years ago for being a clueless hack anyway.

  • ja50n777

    yeah but guess what now off mike camera etc is open court thenks to donald sterling. he is responsible for his coments where ever he goes now. so he is fired and banned f the media. precedence has been set.?!?!?! i in no way condone sterling but the floodgates are now open….

  • The NBA Didn’t Invent This

    I don’t think there is any evidence at all that these two events are connected.

  • MC

    One of the few times i would like to see someone lose their job.

  • Lizard72

    Yup, no “news” outlet is touching this.

  • Johnny Loose

    pete prisco looks like a child molester, which is way worse

  • joed32

    Maybe they should just drop it here then the story would no longer exist. Also maybe others didn’t take his comments to mean anything wrong about Tomlin.

  • Virdin Barzey

    This kind of stuff should be ignored. The more you cover it the more you give this guy what he wants. They don’t care, just as long as you are talking about them and their name gets out there in the conversation. Just stop it.

  • colingrant

    As intended, this story will get hits, views and comments. That spells success in a this multi-media revenue platform. However, I’d like to ask, as a non-mainstream, Steelers specific site, does this story even deserve to be posted here. I would have preferred for Depot to not dignify this insinuation. It’s not fair to Tomlin, his family, or the Steelers organization, regardless of the source. With the draft coming up, and mini camps around the corner, Steelers news isn’t hard to come by. This isn’t the no-football news, dog days of June or July, nor are we Jacksonville Jaguars fans. We’re Steelers fans and the cusp of the draft.

    I visit this site regularly, because it sticks to football. One or two stories isn’t going to change that fact, but I just want to say, I think you have a great business model already, and it doesn’t include the he said, she said stuff. We’re hardcore football fans here. Just a reminder. With that said, I love Steelers Depot and will continue to do so,……… long as the Entertainment Tonight type stories aren’t part of it.

  • Johnson Goezinya

    So they’ve pulled some trains together?

  • steelersfan

    what an idiot

  • Doug

    Hopefully whoever receorded his conversation is fired.

  • unfurious

    I think that Prisco has a history of drinking on the set. He blurted out slanderous crap while being obtuse about the obvious ramifications, just like a drunk wood. I see drunks to that all the time. I’m not saying he is a drunk. I’m just saying that a drunk would definitely do that and I’ll bet he’s associated with his share of drunks…Hey look! I think I can do Prisco’s job. Is that an hourly or salary gig??

  • JayC

    Prisco has lost his mind. What the heck was that?

  • Weiss Chad

    A rapist being more dangerous than a gang banging wanna be godfather murderer is questionable at best.Both are sick individuals that need to go to the front of the killing line express lane.With that being said,How is Tomlin to know his friend or fmr teamate that he probably talks to a cpl times a yr at best is a rapist .I mean does he think sharper goes around promoting he is a rapist .If tomlin talked to him everyday I’m sure he didn’t know these things..

  • Willoughby Spitt

    Prick-O, Rapperpole & Warren Flapp should lap dance each other naked.

  • Itz ME

    Not to speak out the side of my neck. But I have heard a few stories, from strippers in Minnesota about Coach T while he was with the Vikings. This was right after he became the HC for the Steelers. My friends teased me and said our new coach was a “Freak”.. IJS.

  • Superdriller316

    Judgement day is coming soon….

  • dirtbag66

    Put up or shut up.

  • Wayne Darby

    WOW! I missed this a few days ago. I thought Florio was bad. Some of these reporters need their privileges revoked. This is dispicable. Are we gonna get a Sterling like recording of Prisco now? I wouldn’t be shocked to find out he was of the same vain as Sterling….

  • Dan

    Give Mike Florio some time to come up with some horseshit defense of what Pete Prisco said. You know it’s coming.

  • Leegal Counsel

    It’s not wise to go to court and say you’re friends with someone who stands accused as does Darren Sharper. Your friends and associates are a reflection of your character!

  • daddeeekip

    It’s only a reflection if your friends and know what they are doing and your doing nothing about it.

  • daddeeekip

    All you can drink lol

  • Nolrog

    CBS has removed the video. LOL. Once it’s out there, it’s out there forever. I’m going to venture a guess that CBS is going to get a nice letter from Tomlin’s lawyers and that they will pay an undisclosed amount (to a charity I’m going to say, maybe the same one that gets the money from the terrible towels) to settle.

  • Brendon Glad

    There is no possible way of closure to this story that won’t leave me deeply disturbed. I just hope Prisco remains the object of that.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Anyone else think that Prisco got beat up a lot in school? Whiney jerk doesn’t know jack squat about the bro code whether his pathetic comments are based in reality or not. What a schmuck.

  • Doni609

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit. I’ve always viewed Tomlin as your typical dirtbag snake oil salesman that rode into Pittsburgh with his black credentials stapled to his lapel and conned Rooney senior into hiring him to satisfy his own rule. As a coach he’s a bit less than ‘marginal’. Back to back 8-8’s ain’t makin’ it and that continual ‘deer in the headlights’ look is getting pretty old. Rapist……yea, I believe it.

  • Joel Nye

    Tomlin needs to sue Prisco and CBS immediately. What he did and how we did it was so damning and slanderous it is beyond belief. To set it all up with saying how terrible Sharper is and then to even imply that would mean Tomlin was involved with Sharper in acting in such an evil manner. Prisco needs to get canned for this and see a court room.

  • HiVul

    So he didn’t know he was on TV when he said it? In that case I don’t really care, you can’t fault someone for saying something inappropriate on a candid camera… That’s more of an error on the part of the entire program

  • HiVul

    Exactly, please keep these kind of articles off Steelers Depot. I’m not too interested in Dave’s opinion on whether rape is equal to murder.

  • j m

    You truly are a scumbag.

  • joed32

    This post is really old now, how long is his picture going to grace the opening page?

  • Zach Clary

    That’s about the most preposterous statement I’ve ever heard. Your friends are not a reflection of your character at all. I have friends I grew up around who are now in prison for the forseeable future. Does that make me a murderer? No it doesn’t.You can’t judge someone for the acts their friends commit unless said person had a hand in it.

  • Leegal Counsel

    A person has a non-delegable duty to know who [s]he is associating with. How can you associate with criminals (as you say) and not know they are committing crime? Who you associate with is a reflection of your character, level of integrity and the direction of your moral compass. I know a lot of people who think like you. The minute their “criminal friends” cause them problems, they wonder how it happened and why it happened to them. My point is simply this: “You and your friend are having a great time hanging out. Your “friend” is a target of a drive-by shooting. [S]he escapes harm and you’re shot. In my opinion, you bear responsibility for getting shot.”

  • SteelPDiddy

    That is completely ridiculous. If you are walking with someone and happen to get shot because he was a target, in no way shape or form make you responsible for getting shot. So Jesus was a snitch because Judas gave him up? Come on… People live separate lives. Do you run credit checks and background checks on all your buddies. No… You gauge their level of “integrity and character” with what you have learned from past friendships and past experiences. Your gut… Your intuition…
    How are you to know what every friend of yours is doing when you are not there? How was Tomlin to know what Sharper was doing when he wasn’t around? Tomlin may even have been friends with him but sociopaths are masters of manipulation. How else do you think Sharper was to get away with his disgusting acts for so long?

    Ludicrous simply ludicrous. Your way of thinking is antiquated and way too simple.

  • Chris92021

    Coach Tomlin is way too classy to even acknowledge this. I am betting one of the local sportswriters (probably Bouchette or Kaboly) will bring it up during tomorrow’s draft presser. Tomlin will probably give his usual one word answer and leave it at that.

  • Leegal Counsel

    Sharper got away with his proclivities for a significant period of time for the same reasons Jerry Sandusky got away with his proclivities for such a long period of time, … to wit: they were involved in sports, or Football. Everyone around Jerry Sandusky knew what he was doing. However, since he was winning football games, everyone ignored his behavior. Like Sharper, Sandusky was very open about his conduct.

  • Callis

    Damn! Fire Prisco immediately…totally unacceptable!

  • Big White

    Steelers Depot receives no thumbs up for this. Either be breaking indicting research journalism or let it alone. This, i thought a forum for football jugheads thinking…..wait…….football. There is enough football to talk about if we sorta try.

  • Paul Garvin Kuhns

    So just because he went to college and played football with Sharper he is a rapist? By that Logic Tom Brady is a murderer

  • jsteeler

    Q: Coach Tomlin what do you think about this report?
    A: Such is life in the National Football League!