The cover-up is always worse than the crime.
OK, this isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of life. But in sports? Or the NFL, for that matter? This could wind up being a huge deal as it pertains to any discipline handed out from commissioner Roger Goodell.
A photographer from the Pittsburgh television station KDKA-TV obtained a shot of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin taking a step toward the field as Jacoby Jones was running down the sideline in Thursday night's 19-16 Ravens win.
Here's a gif of the KDKA-TV shot:
This is obviously not a good look for Tomlin, who previously said he lost his placement on the sideline. Clearly, Tomlin moved into position where his foot was on the field. Any notion that Tomlin was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time on the sideline is now out the window.
With this new shot emerging, it would appear Tomlin's action was a little more premeditated than initially believed.
And what's with two officials running down the sideline and either not noticing or deciding not to throw the flag? Were both watching the play on the field and unassuming in the matter?
There will likely be plenty of Steelers fans or Tomlin apologists trying to make more excuses for this kind of behavior. And even Jacoby Jones said he'd do the same thing Tomlin did, mostly in a joking fashion.
But Tomlin claimed this was an honest mistake on the sideline. This new video shows that doesn't appear to be the case. When you try to cheat, you should be punished for it.
The NFL should punish Tomlin appropriately, which would be a large fine and a potential suspension. There's no place in the NFL, or professional sports, for cheating.