Giants safety Antrel Rolle wanted to represent The U on Sunday. Now he’s $5,000 poorer for it.
The league office has confirmed to PFT that Rolle was fined $5,000 for displaying an unauthorized logo — the University of Miami logo — on his eyeblack.
The NFL has long had rules against players displaying their own personal messages, wearing unauthorized logos, or otherwise failing to conform to the league’s demands that all uniforms look, well, uniform. So it’s no surprise that Rolle was fined.
It would be interesting to see what would happen, however, if a player really wanted to push the NFL on this front. For instance, if Tim Tebow were to put Bible verses on his eyeblack, as he used to do in college, the NFL would surely fine Tebow, too. But it would have a PR nightmare on its hands.
That doesn’t seem to be an issue Tebow is going to press. Promoting The U was something Rolle was willing to press on Sunday, and now he’s paying for it.