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.

61 responses to “NFL fines Newton $10,000 for Under Armour visor clips

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

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

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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…


  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. @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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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…

  27. 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.

  28. justintuckrule:

    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.

  29. 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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