Troy Polamalu Fined for Calling Wife During Game

In the real world, NFL star Troy Polamalu’s action during a game last week would have earned him praises from wives in every corner of the globe and adulation from husbands the world over. Too bad the league his in seems to be too detached from reality.

The NFL slapped the Pittsburgh Steelers star defender with a $10,000 fine on Friday for calling his wife on the sidelines to assure her that he did not suffer a serious injury after tackling the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew. Polamalu was examined by doctors on the sideline after he showed concussion-like symptoms. The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year then borrowed a cellphone from the medical team to call his wife and tell her that he was OK.

NFL rules prohibit the use of cellphones and other electronic gadgets in the bench area 90 minutes before the start and until the end of a game. However, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the NFL should be flexible in applying its rules. “It wasn’t a personal call. He wasn’t checking on his bank account,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “He was talking to his wife to let her know that he was fine.”