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Art Rooney II Confirms Steelers Will Appeal Further Punishment

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
Art Rooney II Confirms Steelers Will Appeal Further Punishment
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II addressed the media regarding several matters associated with his team. Included among were support for head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and thoughts on free agency.
If It Ain't Steel will cover his 'State of the Steelers' address in it's entirety, but we wanted to briefly focus on one thing in particular first. That being that he would expect NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league to notify the team of any additional discipline - the losing of a draft pick - before the Spring owners' meetings, and that they would appeal it.
“(We've) notified the NFL that we would appeal if there is additional discipline," said Rooney II via Steelers Digest's Bob Labriola. "(We'd) disagree strongly if that were to happen.”
As Rooney II stated further, Tomlin has paid the piper. He took full responsibility for his actions and insisted that they were not intentional. He referred to them as "embarrassing" and "inexcusable" in the subsequent Tuesday press conference.
Tomlin paid the price dearly in fact, as he was fined $100,000 by the league for stepping onto the white area of the sidelines and nearly onto the field during the long kickoff return by Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
Never mind that similar incidents of coaches actually stepping directly onto the playing field had occurred previously and since, meeting little to no punishment. Now Emperor Goodell wants to take away team draft picks also?
“Mike has paid the price and as far we’re concerned," Rooney II further said. "It should be behind us.”
Yes, it should.
Posted by Jason-Jayden Robinson at 11:27 PM

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