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Clay Matthews fined $5,000 for yellow shoes


Green Bay players were required to wear throwback uniforms consisting of blue jerseys with the numbers in a gold circle, brown helmets and tan pants on Sunday. That color scheme isn’t the most attractive mix you’re ever going to see, but the NFL likes to be able to feature throwbacks so that it can sell throwbacks, and so that’s what the Packers wore.

But Packers linebacker Clay Matthews decided to add yellow shoes to the mix, and the NFL said that was a no-no.

Matthews revealed that the NFL informed him of a $5,000 fine for yellow shoes this week. Packers cornerback Tramon Williams also wore yellow shoes, so he was also presumably fined $5,000.

Because in a league where players have been adding pink to their uniforms all month, making for some truly bizarre color schemes, the line has to be drawn somewhere. And that somewhere is yellow shoes.

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54 Responses to “Clay Matthews fined $5,000 for yellow shoes”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2011 11:26 AM

    What a hick.

  2. scudbot says: Oct 21, 2011 11:28 AM

    He’s not wearing a white oversock either. No fine for that? Outrageous. What is the Commissioner thinking?

  3. avianflew says: Oct 21, 2011 11:28 AM

    I’m sure he was paid a bundle by the shoe manufacturer to wear them , so a $5K fine is laughable and was probably expected.

  4. steelnucs says: Oct 21, 2011 11:28 AM

    When questioned, Matthews said that the yellow shoes were to raise awareness among players about being sure to get some clean urine from somewhere, anywhere, to use in your banned substances pee test.

  5. notrelated says: Oct 21, 2011 11:29 AM

    Can the players sue the NFL for making them wear those uniforms?

  6. sevensixtwonato says: Oct 21, 2011 11:30 AM

    Stay classy Green bay!

    I’m just kidding…Its not like yellow shoes made those uniforms any worse looking!

  7. beedubyatoo says: Oct 21, 2011 11:30 AM

    The NFL administration gets to be a bigger joke each week.

  8. scudbot says: Oct 21, 2011 11:30 AM

    Why have we not seen the Commissioner in a three piece pink suit yet?

  9. jrmbadger says: Oct 21, 2011 11:30 AM

    If Clay wants to make a statement, he should just shove an opposing coach. The NFL doesn’t fine for that.

  10. majorseahawk says: Oct 21, 2011 11:31 AM

    Who cares what color his shoes were?

  11. mjbulls45 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:31 AM

    clay matthews is good enough to wear whatever he wants.

  12. scytherius says: Oct 21, 2011 11:31 AM

    Anyone else can’t wait for Goodell to leave?

    I’ve got no problem with the “uniform uniforms” rule, but … really? Two coaches almost cause two teams to come to blows and nada, yet a player wears yellow shoes and a fine? Glad Goodell has this all under control. *eye roll*

  13. bucthat says: Oct 21, 2011 11:32 AM

    honestly the nfl is so dumb with that. they just toss fines for the dumbest thing. nxt were gonna see a 10k fine for the wrong towel color…..

  14. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:34 AM

    cmon clay, let the brothas do all that golden shoe hootin hollerin nonsense. your on our team

  15. dat1ravens1fan says: Oct 21, 2011 11:34 AM

    NFL…National Fashion League

  16. beedubyatoo says: Oct 21, 2011 11:38 AM

    The yellow shoes gave him an unfair advantage over the Rams’ offensive tackles. Ban him from the league.

  17. rdrs68 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:45 AM

    If the NFL were to fine teams for allowing uniform infractions the problem would quickly go away.

  18. packfaninchitown says: Oct 21, 2011 11:45 AM

    My five year old and eight year old saw those shoes, what am I gonna tell them?

  19. mvp43 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:47 AM

    Well thank god the NFL is cracking down on infractions like this……….Before you know it, opposing coaching will be chasing each other down the sidelines.

  20. 2thguy says: Oct 21, 2011 11:48 AM

    i guess goodell’s paycut to a $1 salary during the lockout is getting paid back in the form of these ridiculous fines.

  21. medialovesthecowboys says: Oct 21, 2011 11:49 AM

    Quick cash grab. Kinda like getting a speeding ticket at the end of the month.

  22. rugdog100 says: Oct 21, 2011 11:49 AM

    How about a steroid fine for him too.

  23. jdandcoke says: Oct 21, 2011 11:56 AM

    the nfl is becoming a joke for a lot of things, but having their players wearing a set uniform isnt one of them. many people are subjected to the same sort of thing in other professions where a uniform is required. you took the job….do what youre supposed to do….end of story.

  24. east96st says: Oct 21, 2011 12:01 PM

    Someone needs to tell Clay that pose is NOT flattering. I’m guessing the “explosive diarrhea” sack dance will not catch on.

  25. boswivel says: Oct 21, 2011 12:02 PM

    Imagine what his high-heels would have cost him.

  26. steelerdynasty2010 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    and i say again, why o why do these fines dominate football discussions? this is what roger is reducing our game to. all about dollars with that guy. he couldnt care less about the game. shipping games over seas because of the money they can make, allowing fans to attend SuperBowl Media day (after purchasing a ticket of course), fines for just about any and everything up to and including what color shoes you wear. does his shoe color somehow threaten the integrity of the game? the only thing threatening the integrity of the game is him.

    i feel better now…thanks for reading

  27. das14 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    Yeah. Give me 5k next time and I”ll dress you up Clay. What a joke.

  28. capslockkey says: Oct 21, 2011 12:10 PM

    Matthews should just tell them it was to support the troops……..or are players only allowed to support causes that makes the NFL more money from the female demographic?

  29. scudbot says: Oct 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    Next year all players must wear the mandatory Union Jack NFL World Domination patch

  30. toomburger says: Oct 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    the only thing more annoying than a Packer fan is – oh wait, can’t think of anything.

  31. raw101 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:24 PM

    Yeah I cant believe this bs. Two coaches almost get into a fight and they get no fine. But matthews
    Wears the wrong shoes and gets a 5000 dollar fine. Ok 5000 is probably nothing for him but be fair. The commish needs to step down.

  32. philvil41 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:24 PM

    L.C.Greenwood thinks this sucks.

  33. glac1 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:28 PM

    The league has to have rules like this because these overpaid jocks have mega sized ego’s. Imagine what they’d wear if their were no guidelines.

  34. yzguy431 says: Oct 21, 2011 12:29 PM

    because this has become the national Fine league. another great football story.

  35. acmepackers says: Oct 21, 2011 12:35 PM

    Clay Matthews doesn’t wear shoes, he wears honey badgers

  36. ferraridriver says: Oct 21, 2011 12:42 PM

    Oh, my God! The horror of it; he wore yellow shoes!

  37. mojo32jags says: Oct 21, 2011 12:44 PM

    once again, the No Fun League

  38. qoojo says: Oct 21, 2011 1:01 PM

    It’s called the No Fun League for a reason. The players know the dress code, so I really don’t feel that sorry for him.

  39. homelanddefense says: Oct 21, 2011 1:21 PM

    the league is expecting to sell those throwbacks? Packer fans, do you guys buy those things? The packers have one of the coolest uniforms in the league IMO, why would you want one of those nasty throwbacks?

    Other teams, like the Patritos and Chargers, should switch to the throwbacks full time. But the PAckers’ ones are terrible.

  40. kibawib says: Oct 21, 2011 1:47 PM

    Well it could have been worse. Matthews could have followed AJ Hawk’s lead and flipped the bird and drawn a bigger fine. But that was all just a big misunderstanding, you know.

  41. dd393 says: Oct 21, 2011 1:51 PM

    Imagine how much he would have been fined if he flipped his bench the bird while wearing yellow shoes.

  42. latrobe21 says: Oct 21, 2011 1:54 PM

    The yellow shoes weren’t an early enough throwback to be legit – they only took Matthews back to “Hollywood Bags” in the 1970s.

  43. latrobe21 says: Oct 21, 2011 1:56 PM

    The NFL should pick game weeks – don’t care how they decide – when both teams should wear the throwbacks for the game. It loses its intended effect when only one team wears them.

  44. contra74 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:02 PM

    He is also missing kneepads. Thats $10k per missing kneepads. I imagine kids will see he is not wearing kneepads and feel they can do so as well. So much for personal safety.

  45. etoharin78 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:35 PM

    I assumed players could where shoes that were the same color as their uniform. There is yellow on the jersey, what color were they supposed to be?

  46. getweird4u says: Oct 21, 2011 2:37 PM


  47. escoboltsfan says: Oct 21, 2011 2:43 PM

    No one’s uniform looks UNIFORM anymore, isn’t that the point?

  48. pnut87 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:39 PM

    I see yellow on his jersey, what the hell is the problem? Isn’t yellow a Packer color? What have I been missing?

  49. scudbot says: Oct 21, 2011 3:58 PM

    CB Tramon Williams confirmed he had been fined $5,000 for a uniform code violation regarding the yellow shoes he wore on Sunday. He said he did not know that the shoes weren’t allowed and that he has not been fined for wearing them in previous games.

  50. bjtmeyer says: Oct 21, 2011 4:02 PM

    I fully support breast cancer awareness, but don’t you think the pink with the uniforms is a little much? I can see them doing it for a game or two, but for the whole month is a little crazy. I’m also waiting for the league to promote prostate cancer awareness month at some point.

  51. rcali says: Oct 21, 2011 4:31 PM

    Pink shoes good. Yellow shoes bad. Got it. Thanks NFL for clearing that up. I’m going to throw up now. Give me back my warriors!

  52. pack13queens0 says: Oct 21, 2011 7:33 PM

    Why is the Claymaker getting fined for yellow shoes? Doesn’t Bernard Berrian do that all the time?

  53. axespray says: Oct 22, 2011 11:45 PM

    ^ bernard berrian…lol

  54. packmad1 says: Oct 24, 2011 9:14 AM

    Love the haters on here. All I have to say is, 7-0!

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