Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was fined $25,000 by the National Football League on Wednesday for criticizing the officiating after his team's 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Mike Tomlin called the league's officiating "a joke". He also said after this he did not anticipate a fine for what he said.
The league fined Tomlin $25,000, Jarrett Bell of USA Today reports. Tomlin was especially infuriated by two roughing the passer penalties that were called in the game, one on T.J.
"Man, these penalties are costing people games and jobs", Tomlin said. We gotta get 'em correct. And so I'm pissed about it, to be quite honest with you.
Tomlin talked to Troy Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations on Monday and there was some thought that he wouldn't be fined because he made the comments after a game and in the heat of the moment and the NFL takes that into account when deciding if they should fine.
"I'll say this, I said what I said after the game, I meant it, but I have no further comment".
There were 14 penalty flags thrown in the Steelers game on Sunday.
Asked if his coach standing up for penalized players is gratifying, Watt said Tomlin is "doing his job".
The Steelers (2-2-1) will travel to Cincinnati (4-1) for an NFC North matchup against the Bengals on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.