Pay Up! Troy Polamalu Fined $10,000 For In-Game Phone Call
You’ve got to pay the cost to be the boss, and this time around that cost was 10 stacks for Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu. The defensive frontman had suffered a concussion during last week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was evaluated by the team’s training staff.
Because he has a history of concussions and brain injuries, he wanted to call his wife to make sure she knew he was okay. The move was understandable, but it was a clear violation of the NFL‘s electronics policy which states that no one is to communicate electronically within 90 minutes of the kickoff and until the end of a game. Hence, the $10,000 fine.
In this case, was it really necessary? The NFL officials who created this rule are well within their right to use discretion when determining when to punish a person for a rule infraction, right? In their defense, letting one person go for any circumstances could open the floodgates for other violators.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told it like it was during his press conference.
“He has had a history of concussion-like symptoms in the past…In this era of player safety, you would think that common sense would prevail in some of these things. It wasn’t a personal call. He wasn’t checking on his bank account.”
But in this case, being a good husband cost this man 10 grand. Of course, that amount doesn’t mean very much to him. If it’s any consolation, at least he won’t be in the doghouse for quite a while…