Mike Tomlin continues to face scrutiny for his shooting of Joe Flacco during the Steelers / Ravens game on Thanksgiving. He’s apologized for the incident, but appears to be losing patience with those who think he gunned down the Raven’s quarterback on purpose.
“My actions on that play are embarrassing,” said Tomlin. “I take full responsibility for my actions. I understand there are repercussions that come with a blunder of that nature. With my position comes the charge of preserving and protecting the integrity of football. Shooting Joe Flacco in the face was inexcusable. That play jeopardized the integrity of the NFL from a competition standpoint. That’s a mistake on my part. I was focused on the blunder itself and the embarrassment it produced. As a head coach in this league we are held to a higher standard of conduct. However If anybody thinks I or anybody else would shoot Joe Flacco in the face on purpose, they are crazy.”
Tomlin, who was subsequently fined $100,000 by the NFL for the incident, issued a statement indicating he’ll comply with the disciplinary action.
“As I stated yesterday, I take full responsibility for my actions, and I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. My focus is to prepare for that game, as well as not shoot Ryan Tannehill in the face.”