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NFL fines Newton $10,000 for Under Armour visor clips

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In most if not all weeks of his NFL career, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has violated the league’s uniform policy by using helmet visor clips bearing the Under Armour logo.

This week, Newton has been fined $10,000 for it.

Newton previously wasn’t fined, because no one previously had noticed.  Earlier this week, Chris Smith of did.

The league office has informed PFT that the clips are permissible as long as the logos are concealed.  The Panthers believed that blacking out the white lettering would be sufficient, but in close-up shots the logo could still be seen.

Others have been wearing the clips without the logo concealed.  We’re seeking clarification on whether other players, and possibly any teams, has been fined.

UPDATE 4:12 p.m. ET:  The NFL has advised PFT that no other Panthers were fined for the Under Armour visor clips.

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61 Responses to “NFL fines Newton $10,000 for Under Armour visor clips”
  1. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 27, 2013 3:58 PM

    I would imagine that Under Armour would be happy to cover the fine.

  2. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:00 PM

    What a joke. The NFL should take that $10,000 and give it to a charity of some kind, instead of sticking it in their overflowing coffers.

  3. hanklee1989 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:04 PM

    I know Nike spends a lot of money to have the NFL wearing their gear, but this is a little ridiculous. Who actually pays attention to that? Pretty sure he was wearing UnderArmor gear and cleats too, but why is that ok and this isn’t?

  4. eaglesfan036 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:05 PM

    In other news, Peyton Manning has been fined $15,393 for having a shoe untied. His detrimental conduct to the league is unacceptable.

  5. justintuckrule says: Sep 27, 2013 4:06 PM

    Typical “look at me” player. You’re a QB that barely gets touched. What do you need a visor for? They’re not cool. Explains why you miss WRs by 10 feet.

    It would only make sense if you wore a black visor so defenses couldn’t read your eyes. But then, nobody would see your face and you couldn’t have that.

  6. 4greatestvikingever says: Sep 27, 2013 4:07 PM

    If Nike doesn’t make/sell those then they should be able to wear them.

  7. ProDolphinsTalk says: Sep 27, 2013 4:08 PM

    Chris Smith is a tattletale.

  8. bucrightoff says: Sep 27, 2013 4:10 PM

    He made enough at Auburn to cover it.

  9. athwartships says: Sep 27, 2013 4:10 PM

    Where’s my money, man?

  10. allday28mvpmvp says: Sep 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    All about that $$$ Nike runs the show now

  11. hebelkaj says: Sep 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    Can you give the guy a warning maybe? It’s a visor clip for crying out loud. Call the team and tell them he needs to black out the whole thing.

    These fines are getting abusive…

  12. mute617 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:12 PM

    If others who are weari g them are g fined, wouldn’t Newton then have a case to not pay the fine?

  13. mvp43 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:13 PM

    Just what UA wanted…….. the NFL just brought a ton of attention to that product.

  14. ampats says: Sep 27, 2013 4:13 PM

    Somehow I have the feeling that UnderArmour would have no problem writing that check for Newton for the $$$ worth of publicity they received.

  15. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    “Roger Goodell is the best commissioner in sports history.”

    -Nobody, ever

  16. granadafan says: Sep 27, 2013 4:16 PM

    Weak. Very weak. You couldn’t see them on normal camera shots, so the fans wouldn’t be “influenced” by the logo anyways. Under Armour should pay the fine and then some for this free publicity. Idiotic Gestapo NFL.

  17. mackcarrington says: Sep 27, 2013 4:16 PM

    Goodell makes $30 milllion a year.
    Gotta get that money any way he can!

  18. holleywood9 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:17 PM

    They do donate the fines to charity

  19. kevo126 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:18 PM

    “What a joke. The NFL should take that $10,000 and give it to a charity of some kind, instead of sticking it in their overflowing coffers.”

    I am pretty sure that’s what they do.

  20. ambitoos says: Sep 27, 2013 4:22 PM

    They donate the fines to charity and then it’s a write it off at the end of the year. Makes a great write off and most players need it.

  21. 50brady23moss says: Sep 27, 2013 4:24 PM

    Whether he can afford it or not, nobody likes losing money over some b.s. Especially when you earn that money by putting your health/life at risk.

  22. ranoversquarells says: Sep 27, 2013 4:25 PM

    Mr. Smith better not be expecting a Xmas card from Cam this winter.

  23. shayeezy says: Sep 27, 2013 4:26 PM

    wow.. what a joke. only fining him because someone pointed it out, even though numerous other players in the league are also wearing them? sounds fair.

  24. ott2win says: Sep 27, 2013 4:27 PM

    How ridiculous is this getting…what do visor clips have to do with player safety…Good Riddens Goodell, you are ruining our game…Its similar to Obama ruining the country!

  25. sandersmarcus10 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:30 PM

    LOL pure ridiculous

  26. nfl4days says: Sep 27, 2013 4:30 PM

    Still waiting for Brandon Meriwether. I guess the league finds cams 4 cm by 4 cm clip more worrisome than Meriwether STILL head hunting.

  27. newjerseygiants says: Sep 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    These fines are then diverted to Roger Goodell’s yearly bouuns, of course.

  28. kenyonsupertramp says: Sep 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    justintuckrule, i have to say you are sooo right. I mean who needs visors when your qb is putting up 38 points and barely getting touched. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    anyhoo when Cam plays a different team then yes, he should wear them. Cause you know…football and stuff.

  29. ddaveyy says: Sep 27, 2013 4:45 PM

    hanklee1989 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:04 PM
    I know Nike spends a lot of money to have the NFL wearing their gear, but this is a little ridiculous. Who actually pays attention to that?
    Obviously somebody does or they wouldn’t put their logo on it…


  30. 315judman says: Sep 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    And what of the Under Armour glove worn weekly by a certain NE quarterback? Not gonna hold my breath on the NFL’ golden boy “Tuck-Rule Tommy.”

  31. rr2000k says: Sep 27, 2013 4:48 PM

    Next you’re going to get fined for wearing the wrong underwear.

  32. keylimelight says: Sep 27, 2013 4:49 PM

    Chris Smith at Forbes dot com is probably proud of his work in this matter. I bet he was a great hall monitor in high school.

    Does anyone know if Nike even makes the visor clips?

  33. orivar says: Sep 27, 2013 4:52 PM

    Wow that’s like snitching almost, thank you Chris Smith of Forbes who should stick to business and stop reporting on sports. I’m being serious as almost every single one of Forbes sports articles suck, I’ve gone through them.

    Anyways a certain Chris Smith should be recieving a letter from a certain Newton camp wanting a refund of about $10,000.

  34. bat42boy says: Sep 27, 2013 4:55 PM

    The NFL sure is petty. What more can you say.

  35. bert1913 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:55 PM

    nikey rhymes with bikey

  36. rpiotr01 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:59 PM

    Burfict punches a guy in the nuts: $10,000

    Newton wears the wrong clothes: $10,000

    And Goodell wonders why people think his system is a joke.

  37. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:03 PM

    Nice job Chris Smith, now go tell your mom that your brother left the toilet seat up

  38. AngryHumanoid says: Sep 27, 2013 5:12 PM

    @315judman I think you missed the point of the story. A lot of players wear UA gloves, cleats, visor clips, etc with the logos visible and before now it wasn’t an issue, moving forward I presume they will all have to change it. I wonder how far the NFL plans to push it, will then need to remove the Riddel l helmet logo? It’s more than a little ridiculous that they are going to such lengths to “protect” their brand.

  39. Captain Chaos says: Sep 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    Yet Suh doesn’t get fined for the illegal hit on Winston? Nice, NFL. Nice.

  40. patriots420 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:18 PM

    He won’t have to worry about that the next time the next time the NFL opens bidding for the “official outfitter” rights. UA is exploding and should be able to go toe to toe with Nike for that right.

    Nike has let me down with the overall weak selection of team gear, ie. shirts, hoodies, etc. shorts are pretty nice tho but no selection. Shirts also fade and the print cracks up after a few washes also, poor product. Reebok was better for cripes sake.

  41. eaglesnd18 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:26 PM

    I think that justintuckrule is a little bitter about last Sunday still.

  42. shayeezy says: Sep 27, 2013 5:42 PM

    smart move. don’t want anyone pausing their DVR, zooming in to see the mostly blacked out UA logo on cam’s helmet, and forgetting that nike exists.

  43. richrob81 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:50 PM

    Who really cares. The NFL only found out because Forbes “snitched” and watching games last week I saw about 45 other who also had UA visor clips.

    I mean really they are fining people for visor clips. Glad to see they are spending their time wisely.

  44. @HowdyDoobie says: Sep 27, 2013 6:06 PM

    $10,000 for visor clips and players get $7,500 for fighting.

  45. ravenzombie says: Sep 27, 2013 6:23 PM

    OK, so people complain when players make a lot of money, but complain when they get fined a lot of money…

    if he makes 6,000,000 a year.. 10K is .18 percent…. That’s the same as me getting fined 81 bucks at my 45K a year job… seriously people think of it in relative to the money made.. and it goes to charity so who really cares?

  46. donnymacjack says: Sep 27, 2013 6:26 PM

    The NFL goes back and fines Cam $10k for some tiny little clips that no one noticed for years, yet Donkey Kong Suh can clobber someone with an illegal forearm and they choose to not go back and fine or suspend him?

    Hmm…I guess the value of the “brand” is more important to protect than the value of another players health.

    As much as I love this game the inconsistencies of the league brass pisses me off.

  47. cbalboavt says: Sep 27, 2013 6:54 PM

    lol, reminds me of a HS wrestling match I had for state quarter finals. Our 215 pounder had under armour boxer briefs under his singlet that stuck out some. They were getting their @sses beat so the coach started screaming uniform violation. We formed a circle around him while he took injury time with hundreds of people in the gym, he stripped down bare and threw the singlet back on.

    He then went out and beat the sh!t out of his kid followed by us pinning 4 of their next 5 guys. You almost squeezed your way in those semi’s coach. Almost…

  48. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:04 PM

    why does everybody keep saying under armour is loving the attention , so you would buy a product endorsed by a halfwit moron hack of a QB who will never have a winning season,, let alone a superbowl win. you think people will rush to buy this product that a bottom feeder NFL QB is wearing?

  49. thetooloftools says: Sep 27, 2013 7:14 PM

    If I didn’t know any better, I would think the NFL is all about the money.

  50. Eric Fay says: Sep 27, 2013 7:59 PM

    Newton is with UA, so they want him to wear it. UA competes with Nike. Riddell doesn’t. It’s about the exclusivity agreement between the NFL and Nike.

  51. Eric Fay says: Sep 27, 2013 7:59 PM

    Newton is with UA, so they want him to wear it. UA competes with Nike. Riddell doesn’t. It’s about the exclusivity agreement between the NFL and Nike.

  52. saints4life57 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:15 PM

    I know it’s already been said but the NFL needs to give this meaningless fine to a charity! I mean honestly this is what the NFL is worried about and paying attention to these days? As a matter of fact I think all fines the NFL hands out should go to a charity! Like they need to make any more money!

  53. securb2013 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:47 PM

    If I was Cam Newton I would get a UA logo tattooed on my forearm along with a one time million dollar payday.

  54. bullethead527 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:39 PM

    What is shocking is that several players around league are wearing the same exact clips, how come they are not fined as well?

    BS writer upset his Giants got destroyed by Cam and the Panthers.

  55. sportsguy3434 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:31 AM

    An earlier article said Nike does make visor clips but everyone uses UA because they are easier to work with. More free advertising for UA…click clack! I’m sure he will be reimbursed. Maybe they should give him $160k a year to not black it out at all. They made and honest effort to cover it and got fined $10k. The gripe is not about the money or it going to charity but the ticky inconsistencies. However, coming from a leauge who fines $5k for an extra stripe on your socks…

  56. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 28, 2013 3:18 AM

    I can see the day when fans will have to cover up non nfl and whoever they dont like logos at games.

  57. i10east says: Sep 28, 2013 5:35 AM

    Word has it that Cam Newton yelled “WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!” after the win.

  58. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 28, 2013 7:25 AM

    what sort of communist nonsense is going down in this NFL..

    Roger Goodell has done nothing but damage this league while simultaneously increasing his pay..

    i feel like he’s one step away from running for congress.

  59. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 28, 2013 7:25 AM

    disgusting NFL.

    football used to be a man’s sport, now it’s a bankers wonderland.

  60. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 28, 2013 9:26 AM


    When a guy like Newton plows through the offensive line on short yardage and design runs, he needs a shield.

    Not a $10,000 shield, however.

    We need a modern-day Jim McMahon to break out the headband with “Goodell” written on it.

  61. jgedgar70 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:42 PM

    AndI’m sure Cam is the ONLY player in the world wearing these clips. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight…

    Looks to me like yet another irrational person or persons with some personal vendetta against Cam because he stole a laptop when he was 18 and his criminal father tried to score money off his name. Because, of course, those things make Cam the most evil human being that ever walked the Earth.

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