Polamalu Fined $10k for Phone Call

According to an NFL spokesman, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was fined $10,000 for talking on a cell phone while on the sidelines.

Polamalu suffered a concussion during last Sunday’s game against Jacksonville, and he borrowed a cell phone from a team doctor to contact his wife.  NFL rules prohibit possession of cell phones or other electronic equipment in the bench area during a game.

Head coach Mike Tomlin had indicated that he hoped the NFL wouldn’t discipline Polamalu.  “It wasn’t a personal call,” Tomlin said.  “He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine.”

If there was ever a reason to make an exception to the rules, this is one of those cases.  Notifying a loved one about an injury should not be treated the same way as somebody Tweeting about the game.

I really hope that the NFL reconsiders this decision.

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