Earl Bennett is committed to his orange shoes

Bears receiver Earl Bennett was fined $5,000 for wearing orange cleats two weeks ago.

He was warned that he would be fined $10,000 if he did it again. So he did it again.

Adam Schefter confirmed the fine was levied. Bennett says he already knows what happens next.  The league told him he’ll get fined $15,000 if he wears them against the Chargers and $20,000 the following week.

“After that I’ve heard that they are going to call [a] delay of game and maybe kick me out of the game,” Bennett told ESPN 1000 via NFL.com.

We’re guessing Bennett won’t take it that far. But his teammates have his back.

“I asked [teammates] ‘Should I wear the orange shoes again?’ One of them was like ‘Most definitely, I’ll take care of it.’ So that’s how it went down,” Bennett said.

In related news, a group of Bears fans are trying to pool together money to see how much it would cost Roy Williams to not suit up on Sundays at all.

76 responses to “Earl Bennett is committed to his orange shoes

  1. “In related news, a group of Bears fans are trying to pool together money to see how much it would cost Roy Williams to not suit up on Sundays at all.”

    This is the funniest line I’ve seen on here in a while.

  2. But on Sunday they matched the jersey!!!! And pink shoes are OK??? NFL fashion police…. GET A LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. “In related news, a group of Bears fans are trying to pool together money to see how much it would cost Roy Williams to not suit up on Sundays at all.” That’s great!!

  4. Roger Goodell…get off your high horse and maybe take care of ish that actually matters..and btw what about Marshawn Lynch and his LIME GREEN shoes, or the whole seattle team when they where the lime green jerseys and gloves..i dont think that ANYONE but you gives a crap about Earl’s orange shoes

  5. The guy is willing to shell out thousands of dollars just to wear orange shoes? I hope his 2nd career isn’t in financial planning

  6. If he’s playing this well. Let him do it.

    SN: I remember them stopping Ochocinco from wearing a “Ochocinco” nameplate in a game. Why aren’t they stopping him? NFL need the money?

  7. I don’t understand why Bennett’s team mates don’t ware them with him. What are they gonna do? Fine the whole team? That’s what the Bears should do. The Whole Team Should ware Orange shoes. I’m sure that every guy has a shoe deal, but I’m also sure. They make a Orange shoe. Besides, it would look ”cool”.

  8. I wonder who’s more of a waste of roster space. Roy Williams (16 rec for 236 yards and 1 TD) or Chad Ochocinco (11 for 201 and 0 TD).

  9. There are rules in place. Follow the rules or get fined. Just another example of a young athlete unwisely throwing their money away! That $5,000 fine would have been better used had he donated that money to a charity that feeds homeless people. Yet, he decided to piss it away by breaking rules! Sounds like he’s in touch with life’s reality. It will be interesting how that 5k looks to him in 15 years when he is out of the league and living in his mom’s house.

  10. Earl Bennett and his orange cleats move so smooth & crafty, they can plant in front of Quentin Jammer while burning Eric Weddle deep. Bear Down!!

  11. I can’t help but get a little pissed at the fact that there are starving children in this world, and Earl B. throws away 10k, 15k, 20k, 25k just to prove a POINT?! So much GOOD could be done with that money, and this guy is just pissing it away because of his ego!

  12. Just let the guy wear the goddamn shoes, fines are getting worse and worse. I’m starting to think the NFL throws darts at a board to see what to fine for next

  13. I’m with the guy who suggested the whole team wear them. If you’re going to go, go big.

    Players can’t pay the NFL on behalf of another. But the NFL can’t stop one player from buying another a $5000 lunch.

  14. P.S. The bears should be fined for wearing those orange jerseys in public.

    At least wear the navy pants with them.

  15. “romoscollarbone says:
    Nov 17, 2011 11:49 AM
    Guy is willing to pay 4 months of my salary, to wear orange shoes. Mind bottling.”

    Mind bottling? You might make more money if you learned the language…or removed your mind from that bottle.

  16. phillychzstk2012 beat me to it…

    Why can all Seattle players all wear the lime green accessories, when their primary color is that darker teal? How is that different than Earl wearing his secondary orange as opposed to his primary navy?

  17. As long as the cleats match a color of the uniform, I don’t see what the big deal is. Maybe the NFL should fine the entire Seahawks team when they wear those retina burning florescent green travesties.

  18. First, I believe the money does go to charity.

    Second, his attitude will work right up until the time the NFL says, “The fines are not working, suspend him for a game”.

    Still, no wonder players go broke with attitudes like his.

  19. hit2hurt says:Nov 17, 2011 12:00 PM

    I can’t help but get a little pissed at the fact that there are starving children in this world, and Earl B. throws away 10k, 15k, 20k, 25k just to prove a POINT?! So much GOOD could be done with that money, and this guy is just pissing it away because of his ego!

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    I heard the NFL is donating the money to charity but Bennett was going to blow it in Vegas.

  20. Like most of today’s pro athletes, it’s all about me. What can I do to draw attention to myself so the nitwits on ESPN, NFL network etc. will gossip about me. The talking morons will ask more in depth questions like, How do you feel? Does it make Little Johnny feel bad when they tell you what to do? Go join the idiots sitting out in the rain beating drums.

  21. The NFL wants this to happen. If they didn’t they would simply tell teams that players with non compliant apparel will not be allowed to take the field.

    By issuing increasing fines they are saying they want it to happen as long as people go back to the standard in a few weeks.

  22. In related news, a group of Bears fans are trying to pool together money to see how much it would cost Roy Williams to not suit up on Sundays at all.

    I got 5 on it.

  23. LC Greenwood of the ’70s wore gold shoes in the 1970s. He started wearing them to make it easier to identify him on the field, as the announcers would call Mean Joe’s name instead of LC’s. They became his trademark, and yes, fined for it.

  24. I can’t help but get a little pissed at the fact that there are starving children in this world, and Earl B. throws away 10k, 15k, 20k, 25k just to prove a POINT?! So much GOOD could be done with that money, and this guy is just pissing it away because of his ego!

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    The money isn’t getting thrown in the garbage genius. Good stuff is going to be done with the money. The NFL donates all fines to charity so there is not much difference in Earl donating 10K to charity or getting fined 10K. Only if he’s fined, he doesn’t get to choose what charity the money goes to.

  25. you sould realise that part of the money from fines do go to charities.

    “Player fine money is used to support retired player programs, as well as other charitable causes as agreed upon between the NFL and NFL Players Association”

    unlike the nba where it all “supposed” to go to charities. nfl will def shorten your lifespan, so money going to take care of those people isn’t appalling.

    think about it 😉

  26. That’s a bit stupid of Bennett. He’s “only” making 500k this year, why give away 45k because of shoes?

  27. p01ntman says:
    Nov 17, 2011 11:36 AM
    For Tax purposes…

    What is the max someone can “Gift” to another with out it being taxed? 10k ? 15K?
    ———————————
    13K.

  28. I wonder how that money would look 10 years from now after he pissed away all his money on bling, cars and such. Moron.

  29. In related news, a group of Bears fans are trying to pool together money to see how much it would cost Roy Williams to not suit up on Sundays at all.

    love this.

  30. I don’t see the problem if the Bears aren’t playing Cleveland. Those defenders rightfully have their heads down most of the time and likely would think ol’ Earl was on their side.

  31. Wear what you’re supposed to and donate the money to a worthy cause instead. Do vandy proud.

    im pretty sure all fines for NFL and NBA go to charity anyway.

  32. I think he is going to keep wearing them as long as he keeps catching the ball. He was wearing the orange shoes when he came back from the injury (an un fined/flagged illegal hit)against the saints. Since then he has caught every ball thrown to him. He is not worried to much about the fines because his QB is covering the fines. Why does Jay pay the fines, because that’s just the way #CuttyDoesIt 🙂

  33. The fine money is given to charity and becomes a tax deduction to Bennett. Thus the fine only cost him roughly 70% of actual fine as the rest would have paid as taxes.

  34. @ sirdrinksalot

    The reason the league is against these kind of things isn’t just to be a pain in the neck. It’s because if they allowed it, players would just exploit it for marketing purposes. Imagine a world where Earl Bennett became a superstar. Next thing you know he releases his own brand of orange cleats and is marketing them every day on the field by wearing them. Can he do that on his own time? Sure. But the league is trying to keep that stuff off the actual field. Unless, of course, such brands have an agreement with the NFL. 😉

  35. It’s not a very difficult concept here people. The league wants uniforms to be, well, uniform. That means they want everyone on the team to wear from the same scheme with few exceptions. A player can’t be allowed to just go in and dictate what they want to wear no matter how small of a change you think it is.

    The guy is a fool for throwing his money away like this and an egotist for thinking he should be allowed to rise above the league policy in this manner.

  36. @nikkodawg
    Hey, “genius”.. go read what ‘philwauke’ said. Just donate it to a good cause YOURSELF! Find a charity YOU support, and do a good deed. Is that too difficult for you to comprehend?! Probably, seeing as your screenname has the word “dawg” in it.

  37. Watching some of you post is mind numbing.

    For the last time for the kids that came in the short bus:

    1. ALL FINES GO TO CHARITY

    2. BENNETT MAKES 1.2 MIL PER YEAR AND IS ABOUT TO SIGN A CONTRACT FOR MILLIONS IN GUARANTEED MONEY. STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM BEING BANKRUPT OVER 10,000 DOLLARS.

    3. BENNETT WENT TO VANDY AND I GUARANTEE IS SMARTER THAN 98% OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS SITE.

    4. CUTLER IS PAYING FOR THIS. CUTLER HAS ABOUT 30 MILLION IN THE BANK. I THINK HE WILL BE OK.

    5. STOP BRINGING UP STARVING KIDS IN AFRICA OR CHINA. UNLESS YOU VOLUNTEER YOUR SPARE TIME AT A SOUP KITCHEN OR WITH MISERICORDIA STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT BENNETT DOES WITH HIS OR CUTLERS MONEY. SEE NUMBER 1.

  38. Instead of focusing on his orange shoes, Earl would do better putting all his concentration on the Bears winning football games.

    This orange shoe fixation is a distraction at best.

    More important things to deal with than that.

    Bear down Bears.

  39. If they were purple shoes I maybe could be convinced the fine is worthwhile. But orange is a Bears color. The fines are ridiculous. Stop with the obsessive rules, NFL.

  40. bunjy96 – thank you for beating me to that point. I’m amazed that people don’t know that the fines do go to charity already.

  41. Earl Bennett I look Maauvelous It is better to look good than to play good

    Seriously if someone pays his fine on the team Is that a violation of the salary cap?

  42. so various people get fined $7,500 for late hits and stuff and bennett gets fined $10,000 for wearing shoes of a certain color

    nice to know the nfl has its priorities straight

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