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Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:16 am
 
By Will Brinson

Way back in October, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was fined $10,000 for talking on his cell phone during a game. Polamalu was on the phone with his wife, telling her was OK health-wise, which is why Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believed the safety shouldn't be fined.

The NFL didn't care, and fined Polamalu anyway. But happy news today as Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that Polamalu won his appeal of the fine and was notified of his win by the league on Thursday.

According to league rules, usage of electronic equipment on the sideline (or, in the bench area, if you prefer) is illegal up to 90 minutes before games until the end of game. (It's why players can't tweet during games either.)

Obviously Polamalu's communication with his wife was a matter of alerting her that he was physically safe so the league is providing an exception to the rule here. There's some argument that allowing such an exception could create an easy excuse for players who want to use electronics on the sideline.

A few problems with that logic: there has to be some concern for the health of an individual who wants to use electronics for that excuse to apply. Polamalu was fined anyway, so the player in question would likely need proof that an emergency contact/immediate family member was called/texted/tweeted. And finally, the advantage of using a cell phone on the sidelines is pretty minimal.

All that being said, the league would be smart to bring something like this before the competition committee in the offseason and determine a way that a team with an injured player can provide an alert to family members who aren't at the game and might be concerned with the health of the player in question.

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Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

I am sure that it killed Goodell to give a fine back to a Steeler.  I am sure that he didn't do it willingly.  The NFL attorney probably advised him that he has to do this to stop any future problems when players get hurt and the family is notified. 



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:51 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Good for Troy!  He was probably dialing up the folks at P&G about that shampoo & the health of his hair. THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS is that the Steelers are home watching the remainder of the playoffs!!!  lol lol lol 



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

did he call his wife or did he really call his agent to tell him" my hair is ok and i will be fine to do that commercial shoot this week"? only troy really knows!



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Now this is a story I smile at.  He was hurt and he was informing his wife that he was ok.  I thought the fine was a serious joke.  Good for him!



Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

hahahahaha REALLY!!! Man what winning a measly ONE ring will do to a persons ego and brain!!! The Saints better hope they win this weekend with that awesome road record you displayed in Seattle last year!!!



Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

that's the benefit of being in the weakest division in the NFL ... hope their defense got a lot of rest over the past two weeks, they're in for a looong game.  Saints are going to absolutely smoke them.  42-10



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Don't worry Lottfan,

You guys will have plenty of time to watch Troy's commercial after this weekend, you know, after the Saints come marching in.....At least the Steelers lost on the road, missing a ton of players, and IKE 'THE GOAT' Failure singlehandedly taking the team down.  Good luck with Brees buddy.....



Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:08 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

oh the benefit in being in the weakest division in the NFL ... hope you enjoyed your week of rest guys.  the saints are going to completely blow you out this weekend.  42-10




Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Let's see when was the last time your team won a Super Bow????
Man I can't think back that far can you????
TOOL........



Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Let's see the last time your team won a Super Bowl????
Man I can't think back that far tool........


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