NFL didn’t fine Antonio Brown for pink mouthpiece

AP

Last week at this time, the NFL had nothing to say regarding whether Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had been fined for wearing a pink mouthpiece during a Week Eight loss to the Bengals. The league has now informed PFT that Brown was not fined for the non-conformance with the NFL’s uniform policy.

Brown’s gesture came a day after the conclusion of the NFL’s annual breast cancer awareness month, which allows players to wear pink mouthpieces and other pink accessories. But with the league office facing repeated criticism for fines imposed on Steelers players who broke the uniform rules for good causes (Cameron Heyward, Deangelo Williams, William Gay), the NFL apparently decided that it didn’t want any more criticism.

The bad news is that the league potentially has created a precedent that will allow other players to wear pink beyond October or otherwise support causes they deem to be valid and then to argue that, because Brown wasn’t fined, they shouldn’t be fined.

And so the handling of players who don’t strictly comply with the uniform policy will continue to be a sticky subject for the league, primarily because the league allows deviations from the uniform policy on the league’s terms during October and November but sometimes (not all the time) refuses to allow players to do the same thing.

20 responses to “NFL didn’t fine Antonio Brown for pink mouthpiece

  1. Goodell logic don’t punish players who beat their wives severely, once the public become outraged over punish the biggest name in the NFL and other players for minor things, final step respond to the public again by not fining someone in clear rule violation

  2. they didn’t fine him because they MESSED up and did not award him w/ Offensive player of the week when he clearly should have gotten it…he broke a million records.

  3. Josh Gordon gets a year suspension for having one drink on an airplane. Greg Hardy beats the hell out of his wife or girlfriend and gets four game suspension. Whoopee

    The pink mouthpiece on Antonio Brown, do you really think Godless will suspend anyone on a Rooney team…look at the big suspension he gave to Bell for his Cheech and Chong smoking stunt while driving down the highway.

  4. Josh Gordon gets a year suspension for having one drink on an airplane. Greg Hardy beats the hell out of his wife or girlfriend and gets four game suspension. Whoopee

    The pink mouthpiece on Antonio Brown, do you really think Godless will suspend anyone on a Rooney team…look at the big suspension he gave to Bell for his Cheech and Chong smoking stunt while driving down the highway.

    Martavis Bryant was suspended for the first 4 games and lo and behold he happens to play for a Rooney team. Under the new rules, Bell would only have been suspended for 2 games anyway. Roethlisberger was suspended 4 games in 2010 for nothing.

  5. “The bad news is that the league potentially has created a precedent that will allow other players to wear pink beyond October or otherwise support causes they deem to be valid and then to argue that, because Brown wasn’t fined, they shouldn’t be fined.”

    I think you mean GOOD news.

  6. They don’t consider the mouthguards to be a part of the uniform. Guys all over the league wear mouthguards colored all sorts of colors (other than their teams colors).

  7. I actually downloaded the NFL uniform policy and read it (can’t sleep). Anyway, there is an attempted catch-all phrase about all equipment WORN by the player, but I couldn’t see anything specific to mouthpieces or color. But here’s the thing: technically the dictionary definition of the word “worn” (in this context) means things you put “on” your body – i.e. outside, not inside it, not inside your mouth – therefore a mouthpiece is not “worn”, it is “inserted”, it is an insert. And thus, it seems, isn’t covered by the policy. Get me judge Berman!

  8. Let’s get Ted Welles involved in this. And if he determines that Brown was generally aware that his mouthpiece was pink, then Brady should be suspended for four games, the Patriots docked 2 picks and hit with a million dollar fine. This is after all, a very very serious issue concerning the integrity of the game.

  9. oh my what has this world come to? Between ABs pink mouth piece and Starbucks red cups I don’t how I can live in this unjust world wah wah wah!!

  10. Since when did mouth pieces become part of
    the uniform?
    Do they check jockstraps to make sure they
    conform too ?
    .
    This micromanaging of uniforms, and fining
    for minor infractions has gone way too far.

  11. I don’t think a mouthpiece or eye black should be considered part of the uniform anyway. Helmet, jersey, pants. That’s it. The rest should be up to the player and team’s discretion.

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