Tomlin was unusually open during the part of his news conference that dealt with the sideline incident. He said such transparency wasn't intended to "preserve me money." Nor did Tomlin feel the need to defend his integrity even though film shot by KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh shows him stepping onto the field right before Jones ran past him and then jumping out of the way.
"I won't defend myself," Tomlin said. "The people that know me, I don't need to do that. The people that don't know me, they're going to make their judgments anyway. I do care about the perceptions of the integrity of our game."
Social media has been abuzz with opinions in the aftermath of Tomlin's footwork. Doctored pictures have also surfaced, including one that depicts Tomlin on the show "Soul Train."
"I've heard all the jokes," Tomlin said, "and I've got it coming."