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No fine for Stafford’s MLB hat

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Before last night’s wild-card game between the Lions and Saints, NBC aired an interview of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford by Bob Costas.

Several (including more than a few Patriots fans) pointed out that Stafford was wearing a backward hat that displayed the MLB logo, not an item of NFL-sanctioned apparel.  Pats fans are particularly sensitive to the subject because receiver Wes Welker recently was slapped with a $10,000 fine for wearing an unauthorized hat.

As league spokesman Greg Aiello explained Saturday night via email, the prohibition against unapproved headgear applies only to formal media availability and game-day interviews.

And the league doesn’t mess around when it comes to these issues.  Five years ago, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 for wearing a Vitamin Water hat to a Super Bowl media event.

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31 Responses to “No fine for Stafford’s MLB hat”
  1. football272 says: Jan 8, 2012 2:34 PM

    What an oversensitive bunch of whiners the NFL higher-ups are. They should be more concerned that their premiere “playoff” game just featured the following sequence of events:

    TD, commercial, kickoff, commercial, two plays, commercial, one play, commercial.

  2. camssportsjam says: Jan 8, 2012 2:34 PM

    lock this madman up!! think of the children!/ sarcasm

  3. pnut87 says: Jan 8, 2012 2:36 PM

    But Lynch got fined for Skittles themed shoes?

  4. ampats says: Jan 8, 2012 2:37 PM

    Fining these players is BU—-IT! I also think most of the fines from things that happen on the field are ridiculous too, especially the ones that were not called on the field.

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 8, 2012 2:39 PM

    Pats fans are particularly sensitive to the subject because receiver Wes Welker recently was slapped with a $10,000 fine for wearing an unauthorized hat.
    ———-
    Pats fans are a little too sensitive about everything. If anything, Stafford should get fined for copying the Romo “backwards-hat” look.

  6. dd2189 says: Jan 8, 2012 2:39 PM

    i think bad officiated game is a big enough punishment for the dude.

  7. esalonen says: Jan 8, 2012 2:41 PM

    Nor should there be. He was wearing a Detroit Tigers hat representing the city he plays in.

  8. thelionsrgreat says: Jan 8, 2012 2:48 PM

    The lions have got special treatment all season, why should this be any different?

  9. ampats says: Jan 8, 2012 2:53 PM

    esalonen says,

    “Nor should there be.He was wearing a Detroit Tigers hat representing the city he plays in”

    Have you ever been to Detroit ??

  10. mvpolamalu says: Jan 8, 2012 3:01 PM

    Dumb rule. Let the players wear what they want

  11. melikefootball says: Jan 8, 2012 3:03 PM

    God-del and his hinchman are just plain ruining the Nfl and game of football. I cannot even come close to thinking this is what the owners want.

  12. gberg09 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:06 PM

    Favre wore a twins hat for several team press conferences last year for the vikings haha

  13. bleedgreen says: Jan 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    There was no commercial aspect to Stafford’s hat. Welker, Urlacher and Lynch all had corporate an monetary reasons to wear what they wore. Stafford did not.

  14. tigers182 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    How long until the NFL begins operating their own prisons for mischievous behavior such as this, or players saying their elementary schools instead of alma maters? Roger Goodell has become the Regina George.

  15. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Jan 8, 2012 3:17 PM

    He should be fined for his Bieberhair, not the hat.

  16. mikeeg says: Jan 8, 2012 3:20 PM

    I saw the interview, but didnt even notice Mlb on the hat .. I think I was to busy trying to figure out what kind of idiot wears a backwards hat with a suit jacket on…

  17. hyzers says: Jan 8, 2012 3:22 PM

    What a dirty player. Figures since he plays for the Lions.

    Just thought I’d get that comment out of the way.

  18. easyeddie says: Jan 8, 2012 3:23 PM

    ampats says: Jan 8, 2012 2:53 PM

    esalonen says,

    “Nor should there be.He was wearing a Detroit Tigers hat representing the city he plays in”

    Have you ever been to Detroit ??
    —————————————-

    Been to Detroit. Better than the People’s Republic of Boston.

  19. cowboysfaninpatriotsland says: Jan 8, 2012 3:26 PM

    I’m sure that wearing an. MLB, NBA, or any other logo associated with a pro sports league will no draw a fine. When you are promoting a consumer product which relies on advertisement for promotion is a different story. I am no more inclined to.watch a baseball fame than I was to buy the energy bars produced by the company Welker was promoting. Can we reserve the bandwidth and digital ink to stories that matter.

  20. darthhitman77 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:34 PM

    DEEEEEETROIT !!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Lions for a great season, let’s build on this fellas. NO SHAME, we fought hard against a championship caliber team in their house. Wasn’t out time…YET

  21. romoscollarbone says: Jan 8, 2012 3:43 PM

    OMG he’s a 23 yr old kid wearing a new era hat. Like 60% of 23yr old guys. Gimme a break, he’s not advertising the MLB.

  22. aljack88 says: Jan 8, 2012 3:46 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Jan 8, 2012 2:39 PM

    If anything, Stafford should get fined for copying the Romo “backwards-hat” look.
    ———————————————————–
    So that’s WHO invented that look.

  23. ramofsteel says: Jan 8, 2012 4:08 PM

    On SNF when players introduce themselves, they wear non-NFL hats. I think Dwight Freeny wore a Yankees hat and Roy Williams wore a Texas Longhorns hat.

    But man, they’re just hats.

  24. acanniv says: Jan 8, 2012 4:10 PM

    Seems like I saw Sproles (I think) wearing a Cincinatti Reds hat in one his head shots for the network…shouldn’t that count as official? I think what the NFL is trying to say is that the players should not be trying to make any non-NFL money.

  25. IMG says: Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    Another NFL player was fined for not using the official restroom.
    Except Nick Novak who can apparently do it wherever he wants.
    Seriously – The NFL is worse than dictatorship

  26. commandercornpone says: Jan 8, 2012 5:28 PM

    most of the player bitching is just bs. cut out the tweeting in game and dumbarse end zone and other celebrations.

    but i agree, ball caps. who tf cares…

  27. nflfollower says: Jan 8, 2012 6:18 PM

    whew close call for Stafford. Coulda been 100K lighter in the pocket. Ridiculous.

  28. motownroaren says: Jan 8, 2012 6:47 PM

    The NFL should be more concerned with the officiating that’s taking place, which is awful, rather than what hat someone is wearing.

  29. jsho55 says: Jan 8, 2012 7:04 PM

    If he gets fined it should be for wearing a backwards cap with a shirt and blazer….

    Your suppose to be an adult in the NFL Matt, not on your way to a kegger.

  30. cowboychris5xchamps says: Jan 9, 2012 3:42 AM

    Screw the type of hat he’s wearing! Put it on with the brim facing forward like a grown up adult!!! You’re not at Highland Park anymore Matthew!!!!

  31. topweasel says: Jan 9, 2012 3:26 PM

    Lots of misconceptions here. First the picture above is not related to the issue at hand. That is an NFL hat and the number 9 on it is his number.

    Stafford made an appearance on some pregame show. He was wearing a Detroit Tigers hat. A hat he started wearing quite a bit as soon as he signed his deal. What the hub bub is a about is that he went on TV wearing something other then a Lions or NFL hat.

    The problem is that it wasn’t one of the NFL mandate team presentations. It was a one on one that him or the team scheduled on their own.

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