We frequently hear about the NFL fining players for various violations of various rules. We much less frequently hear about a player winning an appeal of such a fine.
But Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has won one such appeal, convincing the league not to fine him $5,000 for wearing the wrong color cleats during the Cardinals’ Week Seven game against the New York Giants.
“I appealed my case and they let me have my money back,” Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic. “It never hurts to get a refund.”
It’s not clear what, exactly, Fitzgerald told the league office in his appeal — whether or not his cleats met the league’s uniform standards would seem to be rather straightforward. But whatever Fitzgerald said in his appeal, he’s glad it worked.
“It’s a beautiful day,” he said. “I got my paycheck here and I got my $5,000 back from being fined by the league.”