The reaction from PFT:
Though we don't believe that either man should be disciplined severely for the violation of the rules, some league insiders are surprised by the outcome. Said one executive from another team: "When the e-mail came to us we figured they would be fired by the end of the day."
Said another source: "I saw the e-mail. It was brutal. . . . I feel bad for Whaley, a little. He's a good dude, works hard, handles himself very professionally. He's going to have that follow him around for a long time. Zierlein's irrelevant. He's older. This would be his last job probably anyways."
Well, it looks like Whaley and Zierlein both dodged a major bullet in this one. There are plenty of corporations that would have immediately given these two their walking papers. Apparently the Steelers aren't one of those corporations. While these guys did not get the axe, it appears they got quite the stern warning from their bosses. And as PFT points out, I'm sure they'll use Yahoo or MSN the next time they get the urge to send anything that may get them in trouble.
Since that ugly incident is now behind us, we can finally get back to real Steeler talk...like Alan Faneca's no-show at Steeler practice.
Steelers warn staffers who sent off-color e-mail [Post-Gazette]
Steelers say inappropriate e-mail accidentally sent [Tribune-Review]