Over one 24-hour period two head coaches, Jason Kidd and Mike Tomlin, from two professional sports teams, the Brooklyn Nets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, were accused of cheating. The league(s) never said that — cheating — in so many words, but it’s certainly what they were suggesting. Kidd was fined $50,000 for a “delay of game” and, today, Tomlin was penalized $100,000 for “interfering” with a play.

In fact, for Tomlin, the punishment could be worse. In a statement released by the NFL, Tomlin’s actions could cost Pittsburgh a draft pick:

Because the conduct affected a play on the field, a modification or forfeiture of draft choices will be considered after the final order of the 2014 draft has been determined.

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Bob Gaines is the author of Christy Mathewson, the Christian Gentleman: How One Man’s Faith and Fastball Forever Changed Baseball. The book is a fascinating look at Mathewson’s personal and professional career.

Gaines shares how Mathewson’s faith and character were put to the test in the world of professional sports. The book reveals new information on Mathewson’s childhood and college years not documented by other sports historians—information discovered by the author in Christy Mathewson’s hometown, the churches he attended, and college archives.

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