Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), the grandson of Pittsburgh Steelers founding owner Art Rooney, isn’t joining the pile-on of critics of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for interfering with a game last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers coach was fined $100,000 Wednesday by the National Football League for standing on a white stripe that borders the playing field during a kickoff return and stepping onto the field.
Some football fans speculated that Tomlin’s interference was intentional.
When asked his thoughts on the pigskin snafu, Rooney told ITK: “Mike Tomlin is a man of the highest integrity. I think he addressed this incident well at his press conference.”
The Steelers ended up losing to their Charm City rivals, 22-20.