Marshall can wear green shoes on Thursday night, after all

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Every October, the NFL allows extensive infiltration of player uniforms with the color pink, in honor of breast cancer awareness.  The NFL apparently is willing to make exceptions for other causes, if the player is willing to pay the fine.

Contrary to reports indicating that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall won’t be permitted on the field if he wears green shoes in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, the league office tells PFT that Marshall will be permitted to play in the green shoes, and that he’ll simply be fined later.

Marshall has said he planned to pay the fine and match it with a donation to charity.

It’s the right approach.  For the past two games, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has worn non-conforming green shoes.  For Week Four, he was fined $5,250.  For Week Five, he undoubtedly will be fined even more.

If the league plans to block players from wearing non-conforming shoes or gear, that standard should be applied consistently.  If Lynch can do it, Marshall and anyone else should be able to do it, too.

25 responses to “Marshall can wear green shoes on Thursday night, after all

  1. And yet Peyton couldn’t wear black high-tops in honor of Johnny Unitas.

    Colts fans haven’t forgotten, NFL.

  2. Pretty classy move by the nfl, how about instead of a fine they just have the players donate that money to their cause. Or how about instead of wearing stuff to help causes they donate some of their over inflated salaries to some good causes. I know players donate time and money, but not as many do as should. They wear pink and ask everyone else to donate, which is fine but they should also practice what they preach.

  3. The League has turned into a complete joke. You can get a slap on the wrist for a cheap shot. But then fined up to $20,000 for wearing something that isnt nfl related.

  4. I understand the league would never want to open the flood gates on non-conforming gear, but shouldn’t they also embrace players interest in doing it for good causes. It seems like such a simple solution to allow players to submit a request to the league and pending approval on a case by case, be able to do it without fines.

    Call me crazy, but for an organization plagued each year with image issues, this sounds like a win-win to me.

  5. Fining a football player anything less than 100k for any reason is a complete joke. Do you think they’re really going to miss that kind of money? Peyton Manning makes 2.5 Million dollars a game. What’s a couple thousand dollars mean to these guys really?

  6. If only the NFL were ½ this worried about concussions. I know Goddell is worried about the Washington team name but he ought to let the color of players shoes just rest.

  7. Chad OchoJohnsonCinco agrees with this decision.

    That is how you know it’s a bad decision.

  8. What a joke, outside of team mandates and fines players should be able to wear what the choose, not including brands not sponsoring the league. Also these fines the NFL are giving do go straight to charity as well.

  9. cajunaise says: Oct 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    And yet Peyton couldn’t wear black high-tops in honor of Johnny Unitas.

    Colts fans haven’t forgotten, NFL.

    Indianapolis Colt fans have ZERO affiliation with Johnny Unitas. Just as Johnny Unitas had ZERO affiliation with the Indianapolis Colts.

  10. Remember, the only causes the NFL will allow players to show support for are the ones that allow the NFL to increase their female viewership while donating negligable amounts of money to charity.

  11. If the NFL is going to fine the players for what they wear then keep it out of the media. Just say he will be fined and move on to the game. NO ONE CARES WHAT THE SHOES LOOK LIKE AFTER THE FIRST PLAY.

  12. The NFLPA needs to audit the NFL’s books so see where all these fines go. The NFL *claims* it all goes to charity, but which ones? Does only 5% go to charity and the rest for “administrative purposes”?

  13. annapterp says: Oct 9, 2013 3:51 PM

    “Indianapolis Colt fans have ZERO affiliation with Johnny Unitas.”

    The NFL says differently. Franchise is recognized as the same. That’s why the NFL’s decision was wrong – they were going against their own stance. Complain to the NFL if you don’t agree.

  14. Does anyone really care what color shoes, gloves, towels etc. that any athlete wears? Most of them do it to call attention to themselves, and not the actual cause.

  15. What’s the big deal? The NFL has a uniform policy. Like every other job that has a uniform policy, they reprimand rule breakers. People will complain about anything.

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