DeSean Jackson not sweating fine for caution-tape cleats


Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was fined for wearing cleats that depicted yellow caution tape on Oct. 2 vs. the Browns, and Jackson told reporters Wednesday he knew the fine was coming but wanted to get his message out.

Both Jackson and the Redskins issued statements on his shoes the morning he wore them. Jackson said he chose “to wear these cleats in pregame today to use my platform as a pro athlete to add to this discussion. This isn’t meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country. I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country.”

Per, Jackson was fined $6,076 for a uniform violation. He initially planned to wear the cleats only in pregame warmups but ended up wearing them for the game.

Jackson said he won’t appeal the fine and is exploring ways to do more in the offseason to bring communities together and end police brutality.

The Redskins’ statement said they stood “in support of both DeSean and the law enforcement community” and were committed to having “open dialogue with our players about issues that are important to them and support their efforts to bring awareness to those issues when done in a responsible manner.”

6 responses to “DeSean Jackson not sweating fine for caution-tape cleats

  1. So I guess these athletes think that disobeying work place rules for their own political reasons are being good role models. Giving nothing to the thought that there example will contribute to employers having implicit or explicit biases against hiring African Americans. Why would any employer want employees who think their political stance is more important than the employer’s workplace rules. The AA community overwhelmingly supports the protests. Biases aren’t created in a vacuum and the AA community already has low employment rates, which leads to poverty which leads to crime, which leads to more police, which leads to more hairy police situations and on it goes and the poor stay poor.

  2. Good for him. Peaceful interactions and people willing to push for peace is a good thing. I wish he did not feel the need to do it, but I am glad that he is doing what he can to promote peace with our peace officers.

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