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Face paint now an NFL uniform code violation

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Greg Hardy is playing without penalty thus far after being convicted of a domestic violence charge.

But if he wears face paint during a game, the NFL will fine him.

According to David Newton of, face paint like the Panthers defensive end has worn over the years is now a violation of the league’s uniform code.

Such seemingly trivial matters such as sock length and clips on helmet visors have drawn big fines in the past, so it’s no surprise the NFL does its best to get its players to fit into neat and easily marketable boxes.

That sameness is part of the appeal “The Shield” holds for owners, as no individual can be more important than┬áthe team if all the individuals are exactly alike.

Hardy’s domestic violence charges are scheduled for appeal before a jury in November, and his penalties from the league for that won’t come until after the trial.

But a fine figures to come swiftly if he decides to paint himself as “The Kraken” anytime soon.

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49 Responses to “Face paint now an NFL uniform code violation”
  1. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Sep 4, 2014 8:10 PM

    At least the NFL has their priorities straight.

  2. pats3rings says: Sep 4, 2014 8:10 PM

    Steve Lattimer does not approve of this new rule!

  3. scoops1 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:10 PM

    good thing Puddy doesn’t play in the NFL

  4. Cameronm says: Sep 4, 2014 8:11 PM

    Is Goodell just trying to piss us off now?

  5. youpeopleareallthesame says: Sep 4, 2014 8:12 PM

    Well… at least they’re focusing on the important issues here.

  6. 49erfan44 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:13 PM

    No Fun League

  7. udkidd says: Sep 4, 2014 8:17 PM

    Stop with these stupid rules!

  8. edukator4 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:20 PM

    is it because Indians wore face paint and we don’t want to honor or degrade them, whichever side of the fence you fall on.

  9. TheDPR says: Sep 4, 2014 8:24 PM

    That’s ridiculous. The socks rule is ridiculous, too.

    I can sort of understand the celebration rules but this other stuff is baseless.

  10. laxer37 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:24 PM

    Always thought the excessive face paint looked stupid.

    I’m with the NFL on this.

  11. magicmtndan says: Sep 4, 2014 8:25 PM

    Cameronm says:
    Sep 4, 2014 8:11 PM
    Is Goodell just trying to piss us off now?

    Now?! Where have you been the past 5 years?

  12. obsessedvikingfan says: Sep 4, 2014 8:25 PM

    Should have put John Randle on there with his face paint.

  13. aceben3 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:26 PM

    The No Fun League strikes again.

  14. elliottcovert says: Sep 4, 2014 8:29 PM

    Awww man that’s lame.

  15. ballin99999 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:32 PM

    Roger goodell is a nightmare worst commissioner ever

  16. raynman49 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:33 PM

    Would it be okay if he played for Washington?

  17. campcouch says: Sep 4, 2014 8:34 PM

    Such a travesty. maybe you guys should stop watching. It’s terrible that I can’t see a face under that mask and helmet too.

  18. bitw44 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:34 PM

    Good ruined the integrity of the game. I will be damned if ill have a member of my team wear face paint. THIS MATTERS.

  19. raiderapologist says: Sep 4, 2014 8:35 PM

    Face paint bad. Redskins good. Got it. Kick the damn ball and get started.

  20. jshawaii22 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:36 PM

    Next the NFL won’t let cheerleaders paint their eyelids with the teams colors and logos.


  21. coltzfan166 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:39 PM

    Does this include the stripes below the eyes that Tom Brady and Matt Ryan wear?

  22. ctiggs says: Sep 4, 2014 8:51 PM

    seriously !!

  23. rdselchow says: Sep 4, 2014 8:54 PM

    um..John Randle? He was fined for this in the 90’s. poor reporting.

  24. rdselchow says: Sep 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    granted they have been letting it slide a bit, and im still annoyed by the Randle bit.

  25. Stiller43 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:04 PM

    Theyre wearing a helmet. We cant even see is 90%+ of the time! Jeez the NFL is crazy

  26. pantfan89 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:09 PM

    darin gantt has hated the panthers ever since they ousted him from the observer. Is this the only team you write about on here? Negatively.

  27. patfic5 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:13 PM

    I think Goodell designs these rules in the midst of his monthly cycles.

  28. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:14 PM

    NFL = No Fun League

  29. abninf says: Sep 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    Allow face paint but ban touchdown and sack dances. Anything to ban those freaking dances.

  30. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says: Sep 4, 2014 9:23 PM

    Just put robots in there.

  31. NoWearMan says: Sep 4, 2014 9:36 PM

    Most of you steely dan commenters decrying this new rule are against the redskins name. cant have it both ways, fellas.

    give me a million a year and i will poop standing up. Just abide by the rules and collect your paychecks.

  32. Canton Bulldogs says: Sep 4, 2014 9:37 PM

    Gantt is a tool

  33. charger383 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:39 PM

    what next?

  34. ninthwardfriend says: Sep 4, 2014 9:45 PM

    Next thing coming from the shield, you won’t be able to spit on the field, shoot boogers from yo nose, fart, tap each other on the butt after a good play and we all know why that is on the way, The NFL is dying just like the church…

  35. guachosporlife says: Sep 4, 2014 9:56 PM

    “Gotta support the team.”

  36. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 4, 2014 10:25 PM

    What if it’s a Mike Tyson face tattoo?

  37. rajbais says: Sep 4, 2014 11:00 PM

    So how will they come to a new drug agreement???

    Owners and Commish to players: MINE!!!!

  38. isphet71 says: Sep 4, 2014 11:37 PM

    Dang there goes my plan to start a franchise in Vegas and sign Sting, the Ultimate Warrior, and ICP.


  39. catchhester23 says: Sep 5, 2014 12:00 AM

    How is his face a uniform?

  40. orivar says: Sep 5, 2014 12:29 AM

    Face paint has been apart of the NFL for YEARS! This is too much now.

  41. nolagirl says: Sep 5, 2014 12:42 AM

    All hail Goodell ridding the league of the Heisman pose and eye black.

  42. mrneto72 says: Sep 5, 2014 1:08 AM

    Screw you Goodell

  43. ceehawkfan says: Sep 5, 2014 1:22 AM

    GEEZE LOUISE! When will it end Rodger?

  44. moxdawg4 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:49 AM

    This is nothing new. John randle used to get fined for that when he played for the vikes

  45. thndrgrv says: Sep 5, 2014 9:10 AM

    What a joke! NFL = New Fines League

  46. smackingfools says: Sep 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    NFL is so similar to the government it’s pathetic. Make money by any means possible. Fine as many people as you can. Next they will tax you for touchdowns and minutes played.

  47. madddogg365 says: Sep 5, 2014 10:57 AM

    NFL=No Fun League. Next thing you know you won’t be able to sack the QB. You will only be allowed to touch him…from the shoulders to under the shoulder pads. Anything else is roughing the passer.


  48. commonsense1986 says: Sep 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    Yeah I thought this was outlawed back when John Randel was doing it with the Vikes? Not really surprised they’re calling people out for it when its been a rule for so long.

    I think it sucks, I’d love to see players on the sidelines look like Braveheart extras but I guess we’ll have to make due without.

  49. samhuff69 says: Sep 5, 2014 4:49 PM

    The uniform code is all about *money*. The NFL has deals with various companies notably clothing manufacturers and requires the clothing to be worn.

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