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

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.

23 responses to “Report: League won’t let Earl Bennett play with orange shoes

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. @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

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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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