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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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Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:55 am

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Way to go Troy !!!!!! Keep the phone calls coming especially with all the time you now have. 10K is a fraction of what he gets everytime the shampoo commercials run so that obviously was a joke from the beginning. Troy can call Mark Sanchez now to see if he has an extra hot dog...LOL

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:42 am

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

I'm pretty good with this as it is right now.  Fine everyone and then overturn it at appeal.  That's enough to prevent the Chad Johnsons of the world from tweeting during the game and enough to overturn when the situation seems fit.

Win - Win.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:41 am

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

I am rather surprised by this rulling. Pleasantly, I might add.  I am used to the NFL erring on the side of caution in the NFL's (No fun League) typical style of hardline jerkness.  It has also been a long time since I heard of a player winning an appeal for anything.  So congratulations Troy Polamalu, you won an intelligent appeal while being a good husband. Thanks NFL for doing right this time.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:38 am

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

What a ridiculous fine in the first place, have a hard wired phone on the sideline that can be overseen by an official.  Put it right next to the review booth, it's not like the Great Troy would cheat he is more religious than Tebow.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:36 am

Troy Polamalu wins appeal on $10K cell phone fine

Shockingly the league let commom sense prevail rather than strictly going for the letter of the law. 

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