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Old 05-22-2007, 06:56 PM   #1
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Default Steelers warn staffers who sent off-color e-mail

Steelers warn staffers who sent off-color e-mail
Tuesday, May 22, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers confirmed yesterday that one of their employees sent an "inappropriate e-mail" message from the club office to "unintended recipients" last week, violating club and NFL policy.

ProFootballTalk.com, an online blog written by Mike Florio, first reported that Steelers line coach Larry Zierlein inadvertently forwarded an e-mail he received from Doug Whaley, the Steelers' pro personnel coordinator, to multiple high-level team employees and their secretaries throughout the NFL, including commissioner Roger Goodell.

Whaley, according to Florio, received the pornographic video from someone outside the Steelers' organization and forwarded it to others, including Zierlein, who then sent it along to more e-mail addresses than he apparently intended to last Friday.

The Steelers' statement, issued by spokesman Dave Lockett, did not identify the club employee in question but did acknowledge that "The sending of inappropriate e - mail messages is against club and league policy, and the sender has been warned about the policy violation. The sender has issued an apology to all of the recipients."

No other Steelers executive would speak on the matter, Lockett said, and coach Mike Tomlin was unavailable after the team's first voluntary workout of the spring yesterday.

Florio reported Zierlein tried to recall his naughty message several times and then followed with an apology to those to whom he mistakenly delivered it.

Zierlein, 61, was on the field coaching yesterday morning when the Steelers practiced, but the team denied requests to speak to him. Whaley, an Upper St. Clair native who played at Pitt, enters his 10th season in his job with the Steelers. He's attending Blesto Scouting Combine meetings in Florida and was unavailable.

Tomlin hired Zierlein Jan. 27. He has coached football 37 years, the last five in the NFL -- four as the offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns and last season as the assistant line coach with the Buffalo Bills.

A club source told the Post-Gazette neither is likely to be disciplined over the matter by the team, and Lockett's statement seemed to confirm that.

Goodell's new personal conduct policy announced on April 10 states that "The standard of socially responsible conduct for NFL employees will be higher. Club and league employees will be held to a higher standard than players. Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL will be subject to discipline, even if not criminal in nature."

Although no crime was committed in the Steelers' e-mail caper, Goodell did say while announcing his new policy that "We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct because of what it means to be part of the National Football League. We have long had policies and programs designed to encourage responsible behavior, and this policy is a further step in ensuring that everyone who is part of the NFL meets that standard."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07142/788096-66.stm
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:09 PM   #2
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A club source told the Post-Gazette neither is likely to be disciplined over the matter by the team, and Lockett's statement seemed to confirm that.
i sure woulda liked to hear how his meeting with coach tomlin went. i wonder if the story of mike price was quoted?
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I wouldn't want to be in their shoes.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:27 PM   #4
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I think this faux pas has been turned from a mole hill into a mountain.

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Riiiiiiight. And that's all I'm gonna say. You all know what I'm thinking.
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I think this faux pas has been turned from a mole hill into a mountain.
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only by litp. nobody else cares. of course the local market is gonna cover the story because the steelers media representative could issue a statement on what the players ate for lunch and it would find its way into print.

"what! troy ate sausage!?!?!?!?!?!"
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I believe he will see tomlins other attitude.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:25 AM   #7
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Sounds like the sort of joke you'd see in a bad sitcom, all they need now is the tinned laughter...
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Sounds like the sort of joke you'd see in a bad sitcom, all they need now is the tinned laughter...
It IS a sitcom plot. Happened on "The Office" earlier this season. (although "The Office" is one of the few sitcoms on TV I wouldn't call bad)

Can't you imagine Zierlin frantically trying to recall the message!---everyone knows the "recall" just doesn't work.
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Tomlin has shown that he has a sense of scale to life. This isn't like politics; no one is going to lose his job and have his life ruined over something this trivial. It happened, it's been explained, the guy is going to get teased to death over it, and everyone moves on.


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This isn't like politics; no one is going to lose his job and have his life ruined over something this trivial. It happened, it's been explained, the guy is going to get teased to death over it, and everyone moves on.
Teased to death, indeed, the poor schmuck. As someone who has been embarrassed by sending a very snarky, critical e-mail about my future down-the-street-neighbor directly to him instead of to my spouse, who was the intended recipient (oh, the perils of mixing up "reply to sender" and "forward"), I understand the special kind of mortification that Zierlein is feeling today.

And you can bet your boots that not all of the "unintended recipients" deleted Zierlein's e-mail right away.

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