The Pittsburgh Steelers have been fined $250,000 and head coach Mike Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for Tomlin failing to keep his mask up over his face during the team’s Week 8 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tomlin was photographed (below) with his mask down around his neck instead of up over his face during at least one portion of the game.
More fines for more mask violations: NFL fined Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin $100,000 and the team $250,000 for not wearing masks during win over the Ravens, sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/VHSLy9zINM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2020
Several NFL coaches have been fined for improper face mask wear, including Pete Carroll, Vic Fangio, John Gruden, Sean Payton and Kyle Shanahan. They all received identical fines to Tomlin’s.
The NFL has threatened suspensions or loss of draft pick for repeat offenders. Gruden was fined $150,000 and the Las Vegas Raiders were fined $500,000 and stripped of a sixth-round draft pick for violations that included Gruden’s repeat mask offenses, the team attending a large indoor gathering and allowing an unauthorized person in their locker room after a game.
The league’s coaches and all other non-players are required to wear face masks at all times when inside league venues. Officials also have the authority to call a 15-yard penalty if an unmasked coach approaches them.