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Report: League won’t let Earl Bennett play with orange shoes

Earl Bennett, Asante Samuel AP

In each of the Bears’ past two games, Chicago receiver Earl Bennett has worn orange shoes.  The first time, against the Eagles, Bennett drew a $5,000 fine.  Last week, against the Lions, Bennett was fined $10,000.

Bennett seems to be willing to keep writing the checks.  (Or, more accurately, to have the fines deducted from his checks.)  But the league isn’t interested in beefing up the coffers of its chosen charities.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Bennett will be prevented from taking the field if he wears the orange shoes again.

The situation arises from the league’s insistence that players of each team wear shoes of the same color.  The only exception is made in October of each year, when the color pink peppers the uniforms as part of breast cancer awareness.

The Bears host the Chargers at 4:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

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23 Responses to “Report: League won’t let Earl Bennett play with orange shoes”
  1. east96st says: Nov 20, 2011 1:28 PM

    Just out of curiosity, what would they do if all the Bears players wore orange? Seeing what a big fan of Goodell Urlacher is (can’t blame him. he’s been right about every complaint), it would be a fun way for the Bears to send a little message to the commish.

  2. explosionsauce says: Nov 20, 2011 1:29 PM

    Stupid rule

  3. backindasaddle says: Nov 20, 2011 1:29 PM

    I agree with this. It is a team sport and the uniforms need to respected. Can’t let every clown wear whatever he wants.

  4. ironhawk says: Nov 20, 2011 1:31 PM

    He’s being a big baby. I know it’s just a pair of shoes, but those are the rules. He should just get over it.

  5. bigred12 says: Nov 20, 2011 1:37 PM

    if the shoes are one of the team’s colors then who cares?

  6. elwaysbrain says: Nov 20, 2011 1:37 PM

    Goodell the soup nazi.

    “YOU WEAR ORANGE SHOE?! NO FOOTBALL FOR YOU!!!!”

  7. howley1 says: Nov 20, 2011 1:41 PM

    Just out of curiosity, what would they do if all the Bears players wore orange?

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    They’d probably forfeit the game. Im pretty sure that uniform rules are covered by the CBA.

  8. dldove77 says: Nov 20, 2011 1:44 PM

    Bennett: “I can beat you, I don’t need the shoes. Hahaha, I DON’T NEED THE SHOES!”

  9. commandercornpone says: Nov 20, 2011 1:54 PM

    this approach probly predates goodell

  10. romoscollarbone says: Nov 20, 2011 2:06 PM

    A see a lot of yellow on the feet of the redskins right now. Seems like selective enforcement. The rule is that the team color can only accent. So find blk n orange cleats and get some orange athletic tape and wrap your ankles.

  11. lilrob10201 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:17 PM

    The national fine league is getting out of hand.You fine someone just for wearing cleats that are a certain color ?

  12. east96st says: Nov 20, 2011 2:21 PM

    Just out of curiosity, what would they do if all the Bears players wore orange?

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    They’d probably forfeit the game. Im pretty sure that uniform rules are covered by the CBA.

    Third largest TV market in the nation? Right before the TV contracts are due to renegotiated? Not a chance. The networks would be screaming for Goodell’s head and the owners would fire him within seconds of it happening. TV pays the bills.

  13. bigtrav425 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:22 PM

    jesus h christ…the head nazi goodell and the nfl is really turning me off anymore to the NFL…

  14. vikes69 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:22 PM

    @backindasaddle it is part of his team colors! Not every player must have the same cleats, In basketball every player has different shoes, and some arent even same color as uniform

  15. thridandlong says: Nov 20, 2011 2:26 PM

    The entire Bear team should wear the same orange shoe as Bennett.

    The shoe is orange and so is the uniform color scheme.

  16. mvpolamalu says: Nov 20, 2011 2:27 PM

    Nfl- no fun league

  17. brucesf49 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:29 PM

    Funny, check the Bal-Cin game…plenty of orange cleats on some Cin players, black on others and I think even some white cleats on a few.

  18. howley1 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:44 PM

    Third largest TV market in the nation? Right before the TV contracts are due to renegotiated? Not a chance. The networks would be screaming for Goodell’s head and the owners would fire him within seconds of it happening. TV pays the bills.

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    They’d just show another game. There’s no way the league would give the impression that the players are running the show. Again, this is a CBA issue. Something like you suggest would be a breach of contract. I think the Bears owners would feel a lot of pressure to do something way before the league would have to, though.

  19. cmr123 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:48 PM

    fines fines everywhere theres fines.

    what a joke.

    fire godell.

    I agree have everybody where them…….

  20. addict2sport says: Nov 20, 2011 3:27 PM

    What happens to the money accumulated from fines?

  21. clinttaurus says: Nov 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    he should tell them its in support of colon cancer or prostate cancer…you know, one of the cancers that is actually more lethal than the NFL’s pet cause of pink/breast cancer to draw female viewers…

  22. volcom2143 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:32 PM

    Doesn’t look like they did a good job . He’s wearing them again . Haha

  23. jcg23 says: Nov 21, 2011 3:47 AM

    He signed the contract. If he isn’t happy with the rules, I’m sure there are plenty of guys on practice squads and grocery stores across the nation that would be willing to wear the shoes they are supposed to.

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