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.