Bears receiver Earl Bennett put on a pair of orange shoes for Monday night’s game against the Eagles. The NFL was not happy with that blatant disregard for its uniform policies: Bennett has confirmed that the NFL fined him $5,000 because of the shoes.
Some players who get fined vow not to change their ways, but Bennett isn’t one of them. Bennett said he has learned his lesson and will only wear the regulation shoes from now on, lest he incur the wrath of his wife.
“They say they will double the fine, so, it would be 10 grand,” Bennett said. “And I don’t think my wife would like that.”
The NFL might not have liked his color scheme, but Bennett’s shoes brought him good luck. Entering Sunday night’s game, Bennett had just three catches for 20 yards all season. Against the Eagles he had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.