There were many ugly moments in the three meetings between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. Through all three games over $100,000 dollars were collected from players and coaches for fines during the contests. One of the more notable fines was against Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak.
Early in the Steelers AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Bengals, Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson pushed Jordan Todman out of bounds and ran near Munchak on the sideline. Munchak looked as if he was trying to hold up Nelson, until Nelson shoved the Hall of Fame guard, turned coach. Munchak, in an attempt to protect himself, grabbed Nelson's arm, and also some of his long hair.
Munchak was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty, and fined $10,000 dollars for his part in the altercation. However, while at a Special Olympics charity event in Houston, TX, Munchak told NFL Insider Aaron Wilson his fine has been rescinded by the league.
Mike Munchak 'The NFL has rescinded my fine after reviewing the video' Munchak was fined $10,000 for allegedly pulling Reggie Nelson's hair— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 14, 2016
Depending on who you talk to, the penalty and the fine seemed a bit superfluous when watching the replay on film. Bengals fans suggest the coach meant to pull Nelson's hair, while Steelers fans scream innocence. Either way you look at it, the NFL seemingly has sided with Munchak and Pittsburgh fans as they have reviewed the film and see nothing worthy of a $10,000 dollar fine to the Hall of Famer.