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NFL again fines Earl Bennett for wearing orange shoes

Chicago Bears wide receiver Bennett is tackled by Detroit Lions strong safety Spievey during the first half of their NFL football game in Chicago Reuters

Bears receiver Earl Bennett was fined $5,000 for wearing orange shoes last year, then did it again and was fined $10,000, and he only stopped wearing orange shoes when the NFL instructed the officials to eject him if he violated the league’s uniform policy again.

Now Bennett is back at it.

Bennett wore orange shoes on Monday night against the Lions, and he confirmed to ESPNChicago.com today that the league has informed him his paycheck will be docked for breaking the uniform rules. This time the fine is $10,500.

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall also wore orange shoes and also will presumably be fined. Bennett said it was Marshall who put him up to wearing the orange shoes on Monday.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear them,” Bennett said. “Then Brandon Marshall was like, ‘let’s wear them.’ So I just put them on. I probably wouldn’t have worn them if he wouldn’t have agreed to it.”

Whatever the reasons, Bennett should expect another stern warning from the league that if he keeps breaking the uniform rules, he won’t be allowed to play at all.

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65 Responses to “NFL again fines Earl Bennett for wearing orange shoes”
  1. gilbert718 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:49 PM

    again, what is wrong with orange shoes???

  2. salventuri says: Oct 25, 2012 5:49 PM

    Another genius athlete.

  3. adantsa says: Oct 25, 2012 5:52 PM

    I always thought it would be cool of an athlete to say they’d match whatever the NFL fines them and donate that amount to charity. Fan’s would love it, and the NFL would still look ridiculous for fining people for wearing shoes which match their uniforms. Win win.

  4. burm61 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:53 PM

    Why can’t he wear orange? It matches the Bears colors.

  5. brianforster says: Oct 25, 2012 5:53 PM

    team colors? expect a fine.

    wear pink to help the nfl market to women? a-ok.

    ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

  6. kaferwerks says: Oct 25, 2012 5:54 PM

    Whats the big deal? Orange is one of the bears colors. I don’t see the problem as long as they are league approved shoes as its a team color. I could understand if they weren’t league approved, gave some kind of competitive advantage or or neon green or something.

  7. stoolerz says: Oct 25, 2012 5:54 PM

    They looked better than the pink ones.

  8. gregm5s7 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:55 PM

    Getting peer pressured by Brandon Marshall to do stuff: bad idea.

  9. cutlertomarshall says: Oct 25, 2012 5:55 PM

    Marshall is a beast…GO BEARS!

  10. seanatch says: Oct 25, 2012 5:56 PM

    The NFL really needs to relax with this one. I think this phrase is appropriate: Don’t they have something better to worry about?

  11. fthrvic says: Oct 25, 2012 5:56 PM

    The NFL should fine Stafford and Johnson for not getting on the same page in that game. Could have been way more interesting than it was if not for those two! Eyes on the prize NFL, not the shoes.

  12. packmanfan says: Oct 25, 2012 5:57 PM

    Let me see if I understand this….
    He is wearing orange shoes which is part of the uniform color to represent his team, yet he can’t wear the shoes because they represent his team.
    And in the meantime any player can wear pink shoes with no repercussions that has nothing to do with representing their team.
    Yeah.
    That makes perfect sense.

  13. tommysaint1 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    Isn’t Orange part of their colors? I understand they have Uniform codes… but come on, this is ridiculous. Hey NFL, you do know that Laron Landry has pretty much vowed to literally destroy Reggie Bush, right? I guess the NFL doesn’t make money on orange cleats….Priorities!

  14. gettingpwned says: Oct 25, 2012 5:58 PM

    Seriously with all the uniform fines?? This friggin league…

  15. explosionsauce says: Oct 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    That’s a lot of money to waste on shoes for a 4th or 5th WR. It’s easy for Marshall to say let’s do it, he’s getting paid more.

  16. jboyxl73 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:01 PM

    Wow a tough guy who does what he wants when he wants lets an idiot like Brandon Marshall tell him what to do then is stupid enough to tell the media he can’t think for himself …. Even though the color of a mans shoes shouldn’t matter to the league ….

  17. realnflmaster says: Oct 25, 2012 6:02 PM

    Fine them for wearing the pink then.

  18. eustus says: Oct 25, 2012 6:02 PM

    The NFL really cares about tradition, integrity and the good of the game. That’s why the uniform rules are so important.

    They certainly would NEVER give away that tradition and integrity by pandering to a cause that kills scores of women each year, for example. So why on earth would they idly stand by and let grown men dress themselves?

  19. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 25, 2012 6:04 PM

    “Then Brandon Marshall was like, ‘let’s wear them.’ So I just put them on. I probably wouldn’t have worn them if he wouldn’t have agreed to it.”
    _______________________________

    Good idea to listen to the man with split personalities.

  20. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 25, 2012 6:06 PM

    packmanfan says:
    Oct 25, 2012 5:57 PM
    Let me see if I understand this….
    He is wearing orange shoes which is part of the uniform color to represent his team, yet he can’t wear the shoes because they represent his team.
    And in the meantime any player can wear pink shoes with no repercussions that has nothing to do with representing their team.
    Yeah.
    That makes perfect sense.
    ______________________________

    The NFL assigns specific colors to wear as a part of their uniforms. Yes, Orange is part of the team colors but you can’t wear them on your shoes the same way they can’t wear orange sleeves.

  21. gcsuk says: Oct 25, 2012 6:06 PM

    brianforster says:
    Oct 25, 2012 5:53 PM
    team colors? expect a fine.

    wear pink to help the nfl market to women? a-ok.

    ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.
    ———————————————————-

    Not knowing that the wearing of pink in the NFL is for Breast Cancer Awareness (not for marketing to women)?

    Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

  22. herlies says: Oct 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    He willingly pays $10k simply to wear a prohibited color of shoes? And has done it multiple times?

    I don’t ever want to read a story about Earl Bennett going broke.

  23. gonickgo82 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:15 PM

    Well, if Brandon Marshall said it was OK…

  24. foosball11 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:16 PM

    Bennett should get a weekly fine from the Bears for being so terrible.

  25. faultylogic29 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:22 PM

    I think it’s ridiculous to fine him for wearing orange shoes. I also think it’s ridiculous that Earl Bennett is willing to pay $10,000 to wear orange shoes for one game. It doesn’t seem like a good use of $10,000.

  26. waketripper says: Oct 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    Who?

  27. dickmac says: Oct 25, 2012 6:25 PM

    Can you imagine Pete Rozelle fining Vince Lombardi or Tom Landry because their fedoras weren’t the correct shade of brown?

  28. wikipediasaidso says: Oct 25, 2012 6:28 PM

    salventuri says:
    Oct 25, 2012 5:49 PM
    Another genius athlete.
    =====

    Dude had like a 3.8 GPA in high school and went to Vanderbilt instead of some school that didn’t care as much about academics, so…

    It’s just a charitable donation since the money goes to NFL charities. But if he ever gets ejected for repeated offenses then I’ll be the first to think he’s stupid. Just not as stupid as the uniform policy rules in cases like this. The Bears should totally make the orange shoes an official part of their uniform. Looks awesome.

  29. irishjugalo says: Oct 25, 2012 6:36 PM

    Does anyone know what the NFL does with all of the fine money? I’d assume they donate it towards head trauma research?

  30. tindeaux says: Oct 25, 2012 6:42 PM

    i think when it comes to shoes, they players can wear anything they like. as long as it’s not part of the uniform, i.e helmet, jersey, pants, socks…. shoes should be treated as gloves, they can wear any color they like. Fined? c’mon man.

  31. iamthefootballjerk says: Oct 25, 2012 6:49 PM

    If you don’t like the uniform policies, go watch another league. This policy is necessary to keep things from getting out of hand. You say, “oh, orange matches the uniforms”. Next, a player will be wearing different color socks. You have to stop it somewhere and be firm.

    And for someone to complain about the pink on uniforms in October is a jerk. Anytime more awareness can be brought to the fight against cancer is a GOOD thing.

  32. edenprairiemn says: Oct 25, 2012 6:53 PM

    I agree with everyone else, orange is part of the team colors. I could see if they were colors that were way out there. But how stupid is Earl Bennett, how many times do they have to warn and fine him.

  33. superman8570 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:56 PM

    I’m not even a Bears fan. Just shows what a joke the “shield” is becoming. About time for rodger to kick rocks.

  34. ripster65 says: Oct 25, 2012 6:59 PM

    Well, it is called a “uniform” for a reason. I agree w/fbjerk above. What’s next? Different colored socks? Someone might prefer to wear the throwback jersey on occasion? What’s so hard about following that simplest of rules? “Hey dude, let’s do something really silly to get ourselves fined.” I can almost picture Bennett and Marshall on the sidelines before the game looking around ducking their heads to see who noticed all the while giggling like teenage girls.

  35. propertyofthebroncos says: Oct 25, 2012 7:00 PM

    a uniform is a uniform. can you go changing your uniform for work if you wear one. nope! pink gets the exception to support a good cause throughout October. outside that they are expected to follow protocol like ever other human being. they need to man up and listen to the rules and people need to understand rules before getting mad over them being fined for this.

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 25, 2012 7:14 PM

    While Earl has never been convicted of crimes against fashion, the NFL reserves the right to impose internal punishment independant of the legal process.

  37. drew88mm says: Oct 25, 2012 7:17 PM

    They can wear orange gloves but not orange shoes, whats the difference?

  38. heathshuler says: Oct 25, 2012 7:17 PM

    these bears get fined for wearing orange shoes that match their uniforms. those colts don’t get fined for wearing orange in support of chuck pagano. bears need to find a justifiable cause…

  39. gcclark98 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:18 PM

    what about reggie wayne with orange gloves… they dont fine him because orange is the representative color of chuck paganos lyukemia cancer? CHUCKSTRONG!!!

  40. ripster65 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:23 PM

    “Dude had like a 3.8 GPA in high school and went to Vanderbilt instead of some school that didn’t care as much about academics, so…”

    ——

    and he still can’t even put on his shoes right

  41. stallyns1 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:24 PM

    Wait a minute!!! So Reggie Wayne wears orange gloves in honor of Chuck Pagano 2 weeks in a row and the league publicly announces they won’t fine him. But a Bear’s player wears orange shoes (team color) and he gets fined?

  42. mantastic54 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:26 PM

    I’m sure DJ Moore and Hester will be getting fined too for wearing navy sleeves instead of white.

  43. baloneyjohn says: Oct 25, 2012 7:33 PM

    Stupid. The all mighty NFL allows them to wear Pink shoes in an overkill effort.
    Orange is one of the Bears colors. NO TEAM has pink.
    Come on, get a life Goddell you jerk

  44. ee00ee says: Oct 25, 2012 7:33 PM

    I’m glad the reasonable people finally came out to post about this. It’s hard to understand how people don’t see the importance of keeping a strict uniform policy. Personally I think anyone who shows up out of the exact uniform should be sent to the locker room until they conform.

    As an aside, I think the breast cancer awareness pink campaign has gotten out of hand. Stitching the ribbon on the uniform would be respectful. Changing sideline hats, shoes, gloves, and what-not is starting to feel more like pandering than compassion.

  45. admin says: Oct 25, 2012 7:40 PM

    some people just dont understand the value of money

  46. packmanfan says: Oct 25, 2012 7:50 PM

    iamthefootballjerk says:
    Oct 25, 2012 6:49 PM
    If you don’t like the uniform policies, go watch another league. This policy is necessary to keep things from getting out of hand. You say, “oh, orange matches the uniforms”. Next, a player will be wearing different color socks. You have to stop it somewhere and be firm.
    ———————————————————

    I doubt that it would get as out of hand as you think it could get. I can’t see them changing their socks.
    Shoes shouldn’t be as big a deal as they are making it out to be. It’s just flat out stupidly ridiculous that they are going nuts over shoes.
    I think that’s why there’s a lot of objection to this. It just doesn’t make any sense.

  47. kabasaman says: Oct 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    I say the whole team should wear the orange shoes. I think they look far better than those ugly black shoes. What would the league do if the whole team wore them? Just curious.

  48. geauxjay says: Oct 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    You defenders of the shield need to get over yourselves. You know good and well that pink isn’t about breast cancer awareness. It’s about marketing to women and selling extra merchandise at ridiculous markups, and I have read that about 4 cents out of every dollar on that stuff actually goes to research, and the majority of it goes in the NFL’s pockets.

  49. rixofct says: Oct 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    Yet just another example of how the NFL brass on Madison Avenue is out of touch with the guys in locker rooms all over the country.

    I mean really, the shoes match one of the team colors and look great with the Players’ ‘Sunday’s Best’.

    One question though, why is no one in the Bears boardroom standing behind these two guys who are trying to show some team spirit?? I suspect it has something to with the disconnect in NYC!?

  50. macwomack says: Oct 25, 2012 8:16 PM

    hey gcsuk-

    I think you should familiarize with the concept of “dual agenda”.

  51. SparkyGump says: Oct 25, 2012 8:50 PM

    At least he tucks his shirt in. You can’t tune in to any game now without seeing players with their shirts hanging out the whole game. Dez Bryant STARTED the last game with his shirt untucked and his undershirt hanging out. Talk about a double standard.

  52. 91devinhester23 says: Oct 25, 2012 8:51 PM

    if he keeps catching 3rd down passes like a boss he should get to wear whatever shoes he wants

  53. dretwann says: Oct 25, 2012 8:57 PM

    A whole new meaning to the phrase, “No Fun League”. It is all entertainment. People take this stuff too seriously.

  54. teddybayer123 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:15 PM

    says:
    Oct 25, 2012 5:53 PM
    team colors? expect a fine.

    wear pink to help the nfl market to women? a-ok.
    ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

    True that. I know at my stupid job, no one from management is ever inconsistent or has a stupid idea.

  55. csilojohnson says: Oct 25, 2012 9:21 PM

    Femgate, less hard hitting, more pink shoes = $$$ from new female fans that just love when touchdowns are scored. (not to be confused with the MANY game savvy female fans out there)

  56. philtration says: Oct 25, 2012 9:26 PM

    The NFL is supposed to sell the game worn pink stuff to raise money to fight Breast cancer but I head the other day that after doing this for a few years now the league has only “Raised” 3 million dollars.
    Really?
    3 million dollars from a league that generates a TON of money?

    They could have just donated $1 from every ticket sold for the season and that would have been over $17 million.
    If you just wanted to give the public an awareness message then give them a couple of free commercial spots during a game instead of more pickup truck ads.

  57. nflgiant says: Oct 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    What does Goddel think ?Orange and Black?Go Harley!!

  58. tommytd says: Oct 25, 2012 9:42 PM

    How about all these macho dudes with hair halfway down their backs? Is that part of the “uniform?”

  59. rcali says: Oct 25, 2012 9:46 PM

    What a jerk trying to make a mockery of the NFLuniform. Put on those bright pink shoes like a real man! Don’t forget the pink towel, socks, wristbands, necklace, hair dye….

  60. 69finfan says: Oct 25, 2012 10:04 PM

    Mark Sanchez should be fined for wearing panties and not boxers or briefs then, right?

  61. MichaelEdits says: Oct 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    I’ve got nothing at all against orange shoes. My original hometown team lost many many games wearing orange uniforms. But if the guys signing your paycheck say don’t do it, at some point you really oughta stop doing it. Wear pink shoes.

  62. ghostofgilchrist says: Oct 25, 2012 10:13 PM

    Somewhere, Imelda Marcos is smiling…

  63. larryboodry says: Oct 25, 2012 10:16 PM

    The No Fun League strikes again…The suits are just pissed that any player would dare to defy them, so rather than allow a little fun, and more $ for NFL Charities, they come down hard on something trivial.

    I like the above comment that the whole team should wear orange shoes as a show of solidarity.

  64. dukemarc says: Oct 26, 2012 10:25 AM

    I have no problem with him wearing the orange shoes but why wasn’t this a progressive fine/penalty from the NFL? Do seasons ending now “reset” the fine/penalty system? If so, Players now know they can get away with doing something at least twice without losing playing time.

  65. chi01town says: Oct 26, 2012 4:28 PM

    the shoes are orange… the Bears colors are midnight Blue an orange. why do Goodell have a problem with his shoes… Goodell needs to go

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