The NFL announced that Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was fined $10,000 for using a cell phone on the sidelines during last week’s game against Jacksonville.
Polamalu was caught by a CBS camera on the sidelines talking on a cell phone not long after leaving the game because of “concussion-like symptoms” following a hit he put on Maurice Jones-Drew during the fourth quarter.
The NFL said in an email: “Possession of cell phones, PDAs or other electronic equipment in the bench area during a game is strictly prohibited by League policy beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game.”
It’s was assumed the Polamalu called his wife, Theodora, to let her know how he was was doing.
That wasn’t entirely the case.
It was a team doctor’s idea to call Polamalu’s wife on his cell phone to fill her in on Troy’s status.
The team doctory had a lengthy converstation (10-15 minutes) with her before eventually handing the phone Troy for a brief amount of time.
However, CBS caught that brief amount of time on camera and showed it during its live telecast.
The Steelers, and especially coach Mike Tomlin, aren’t happy with the discipline on Polamalu and will go to bat for the All-Pro safety. However, it is highly unlikely that the fine will be reduced or anything else will come of it.
Polamalu was fined $15,000 earlier in the season because of a horse-collar tackle.
– By Mark Kaboly