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Jason Kidd and Mike Tomlin: Gamesmanship or cheating?

by Erik Horne Published: November 29, 2013
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Jason Kidd spills a drink. Mike Tomlin steps on the field.

Are they cheaters or gamesmen, trying to give their teams every edge possible?

Kidd, the future Hall of Fame point guard and first-year coach of the Brooklyn Nets, was fined $50,000 by the NBA for intentionally spilling his drink on the court Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. With 8.3 seconds to go, Kidd reportedly instructed guard Tyshawn Taylor to “hit me,” causing his drink to spill and buying the Nets some time to draw up a play (the Nets were out of timeouts).

The Nets lost 99-94.

On Thursday night, Tomiln — the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach — looked as if he was trying to change the game himself against the Baltimore Ravens. Using his infatuation with the Jumbotron as an excuse, Tomlin stepped onto the field to slow down the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones on a kick return when the game was tight in the third quarter.

“I always watch the returns on the Jumbotron. It provides a better perspective for me,” Tomlin said. “I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”

With the Ravens leading 13-7, Jones was on a clear path to the end zone when Tomlin put himself pretty much in the field of play.

The Steelers lost 22-20 and the NFL is reviewing Tomlin’s move.

How does the saying go? If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying. So, are the two coaches caught cheaters or opportunists?


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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