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“It’s been shocking to me that my actions could have been or have been perceived in any way intentional,” he said.

Which is why Tomlin was a little surprised his sons told him the incident kept coming up during the usual Sunday NFL TV coverage.

“When I realized the integrity of the game became the chief issue in the discussion, it was an opportunity and the time was appropriate to set the record straight,” he said.

Tomlin acknowledged there was a memo sent out by the league last week asking coaches to be more mindful of where they stand on the sideline. He said he might have missed it because the Steelers were facing the Ravens on a short week.

Regardless, he stressed he will do a better job “policing” himself in the future and stay out of harm’s way. He still plans on watching kickoffs on video boards. He just plans to do it from a safer (and legal) vantage point.

As for whether his public expression of remorse could have any effect on whatever fine is coming his way, Tomlin considered it the least of his problems.

“I guess, he said, “we will all make due.”