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Old 09-09-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Players may be fined for wearing 9/11 tributes

NFL players may be fined for wearing unauthorized 9/11 tribute gear

By Doug Farrar

If you remember that the NFL threatened to fine Peyton Manning for wearing high-top cleats to honor the late Johnny Unitas after Unitas passed away on Sept. 11, 2002, you know that the league takes its uniform rules very, very seriously. Manning was threatened with a $25,000 fine if he wore the cleats in a game because he had formally been denied permission to do so by the NFL. In the end, Manning took a pass, though Baltimore Ravens quarterback Chris Redman flew in the face of authority and got popped with a $5,000 fine for his trouble.

Related: 9/11 remembered 10 years later

It was a callous move by the NFL, but if what we're hearing about what players want to wear to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is true, you haven't seen anything yet. According to the tweets of Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, the penalties for players wearing specific 9/11 tribute gear could be fairly steep.

Reebok great job on these gloves and shoes..looks like I'm getting fined this week. Lol! By far the best fine I will ever have to pay. Thanks…Fines for gloves could be as much as 5k..the shoes 8-10k I think. not 100% on the shoe fine.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles(notes) added his own thoughts:

I Have some commemorative 9/11 gloves & cleats for the weekend game.. That #reebok made me. I never forget.

But wait -- there's more! Christy Cooley, the wife of Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, tweeted up the gear her husband got, which you can see just to the left.

The picture of the shoes at the top of this piece came from the Twitter account of Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. It's also worth noting that this is the last year of Reebok's 10-year contract with the NFL as the league's official outfitter; Nike will have that honor starting in 2012.

To add to the intrigue, we hear from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that several Chargers players received the gear, and at least one player is ready to write a check for wearing it. The unnamed player said that he expected to be fined $5,000

Players expressed confusion over why the NFL would deny them the chance to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by wearing different cleats when the league provides pink apparel (including shoes) to be worn by teams to promote breast cancer awareness each October.

According to Acee, the current plan is for sideline personnel to wear commemorative pins, and for players to wear a red, white, and blue patch below their jersey collars in a shape of a ribbon. League spokesman Greg Aiello told Acee that there are no plans to allow players to make unauthorized changes to their uniforms in tribute this Sunday, but if the Manning story we told you a bit earlier is any indication, we wouldn't bet on the NFL bending at all on this point.

The NFL is planning to honor the fallen with several different gameday events, and the NFL and NFLPA will donate $1 million to related charities and memorials. That's all very wonderful, but if the league is actually going to fine its own players for choosing to remember in their own way … isn't this the most glaring case for an exception to the uniform rule? None of the players choosing to wear this gear and take the automatic fine are looking to draw attention to themselves — this isn't a Hall of Fame jacket on the sideline or a Sharpie in the end zone.

These are players choosing to remember, and in the cases of Briggs, Hasselbeck, and many other NFL veterans, remember their own time in the NFL during and right after the attacks happened.

We haven't heard from the NFL either way on this, but the league would be very wise to step away from this issue, let the players wear the specific gear (the league can always pop those players looking to add to the authorized apparel with their own pieces of flair), and move on to something that won't be a PR nightmare.

It's a simple and honorable gesture. Not a fineable offense.

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Apparently, they updated this about an hour ago...

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I would have been really pissed had they not let them, considering they devote an entire month out of the year for breast cancer awareness, and allow players to adorn all sorts of pink gear.
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I would have been really pissed had they not let them, considering they devote an entire month out of the year for breast cancer awareness, and allow players to adorn all sorts of pink gear.


Yea, that's good then. It would have been awful not to let them display their tribute apparel.
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The NFL would let players wear commemorative 9-11 dresses as long as they were 9-11 dresses from official NFL licensees

Ed.B. of the P-G sums up my view of the NFL attempting to get its beak into the 9-11 commemorations

What's with football and the 9/11 remembrances? What does football have to do with the 10-year anniversary of that awful day? So, football fans will going to remember the worst attack on American soil by tailgating, drinking, trash-talking and watching two teams beat the crap out of each other. Sorry, I can't link the two and you won't see anything else written by me trying to this week. I nearly got sick in the locker room this week and at Mike Tomlin's press conference when people asked MT, Ben Roethlisberger and the like, "Where were you 10 years ago?'' I really don't care where Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger were 10 years ago. I know where I was, I know what I thought, and to try to capitalize on this anniversary that way is terrible. It's like those fans who said the NFL had an obligation to end the lockout so it could open the season on 9/11. I'd rather they had delayed it by a week.

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The NFL would let players wear commemorative 9-11 dresses as long as they were 9-11 dresses from official NFL licensees

Ed.B. of the P-G sums up my view of the NFL attempting to get its beak into the 9-11 commemorations

What's with football and the 9/11 remembrances? What does football have to do with the 10-year anniversary of that awful day? So, football fans will going to remember the worst attack on American soil by tailgating, drinking, trash-talking and watching two teams beat the crap out of each other. Sorry, I can't link the two and you won't see anything else written by me trying to this week. I nearly got sick in the locker room this week and at Mike Tomlin's press conference when people asked MT, Ben Roethlisberger and the like, "Where were you 10 years ago?'' I really don't care where Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger were 10 years ago. I know where I was, I know what I thought, and to try to capitalize on this anniversary that way is terrible. It's like those fans who said the NFL had an obligation to end the lockout so it could open the season on 9/11. I'd rather they had delayed it by a week.

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Yeah, Bouchette hit the nail directly on the head. The NFL is always trying to align itself in people's minds with the US military, and this is yet another example of that. Like somehow Roethlisberger and Co. were out on the front lines after the 9/11 attacks. It's more than a little slimy and distasteful.
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