Ignorance of the sideline is no excuse.
The NFL announced today that they have fined Pittsburgh Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 and will "consider modification or forfeiture of the team's draft choices" following the end of the season—once the draft order has been settled.
The fine—and potentially other penalties—stem from the head coach's interference with Jacoby Jones at the end of his long, third-quarter kickoff return during the Ravens' 22-20 win Thanksgiving night.
Tomlin maintains his stepping onto the field— forcing Jones to cutback and ultimately get pulled down from behind—was unintentional.
Tomlin, by the way, is not the only coach to get hit with a heavy fine in recent years. Partriots' coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for the "Spygate" illegal videotaping of New York Jets' defensive signals in 2007. Former Jets' coach Sal Alosi was fined $100,000 for tripping a Miami Dolphins' player along the sidelines in 2010.