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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Mike Tomlin accuses referees of using video board to call penalty on Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not happy that, in his mind, Sunday’s referees used the video board to throw a flag on his team.

On Wednesday, Tomlin accused the referees of flagging cornerback William Gay for unnecessary roughness only after seeing a replay of the questionable hit on the video board after not taking any action upon seeing it live.

Tomlin made clear that he had no problem with the play being flagged, but that the process behind the penalty set a very troubling precedent.

“I’m a big player safety guy. I’m on the competition committee,” Tomlin said, via Joe Rutter of the Tribune-Review. “Very rarely are you going to hear arguments from me regarding calls relative to that, provided they are done in real time. I thought they called it off the JumboTron, and I won’t accept that.”

There have been instances in the past where referees have been suspected of getting outside help on penalty flags, which is explicitly against the rules, as this would be as well. If it did indeed happen this way, Tomlin has a right to be concerned.

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