Demario Davis ditches “Man of God” headband after $7,017 fine

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Although the NFL has significantly relaxed its sphincter when it comes to footwear, the league continues to apply very strict rules and regulations when it comes to headwear.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis learned that lesson the hard way in Week Three. His decision to wear a “Man of God” headband resulted in a $7,017 fine. Davis didn’t know that a fine could happen for something like that.

Via the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Davis publicly pondered wearing it again for Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys, but decided not to assume a doubling of the fine for a second offense.

Photos from Week One and Two show that Davis wore the headband. The league apparently didn’t notice.

The NFL prohibits “personal message” on uniforms, and the league and the NFL Players Association have agreed that a first offense will result in the highly-specific fine amount.

“I don’t think a lot of people were aware of the policy that was in place — I wasn’t even fully aware of it,” Davis said Wednesday, via the Times-Picayune. “I just wanted to put it out and just kind of help fans who care about the game understand a more intricate part of the game. . . .

“Of course you don’t want to be fined. Nobody wants to lose money but I think any time that the conversation about God is brought up, especially in these times, I think it’s always a positive or silver lining. If he can get glory from it, I think he can get glory from it whether I personally wear the headband or don’t wear the headband. He’s always gonna be in control of the whole situation. We’re still all good.”

Davis hopes to sell “Man of God” headbands and donate the proceeds to charity.

“I’m hoping to put it out where fans can wear it, and I can wear it through them,” Davis said.

25 responses to “Demario Davis ditches “Man of God” headband after $7,017 fine

  1. So a bandana with a positive message, which goes unseen under a helmet is finable, but knuckleheaded OBJ can wear a watch during a game?

    The NFL’s only consistency is their inconsistency.

  2. The NFL is all about marketing and the almighty $$$$…Let players take their helmets off during games and displaying whatever NFL corporate sponser wants to have on a headband!!!! Man, put me in charge of making MO MONEY, MO money for the NFL!!

  3. NFL players couldn’t wear kleets that had memorial for Dallas police officers and 9-11. Now this..they support players who will kneel during the national anthem. Really shows that they choose sides.

  4. Jim McMahon could have told Davis about this rule.

    Pete Rozelle wasn’t happy about McMahon wearing an Adidas headband, so the next week in the NFC championship, Jimmy Mac wore one with “ROZELLE” sharpied on it. So did Walter Payton.

  5. shutupbrees says:
    October 3, 2019 at 9:34 am

    So a bandana with a positive message, which goes unseen under a helmet is finable, but knuckleheaded OBJ can wear a watch during a game?

    The NFL’s only consistency is their inconsistency.

    —————-

    OBJ was also fined. So I don’t understand your point here?

  6. I can tell most of you are too young to remember Jim McMahon wearing personalized headbands. Like all rules that seem to make no sense, this one was put into place because as always, someone will always overdo it when rules are relaxed. That was the case with McMahon. It was all good until he started putting controversial personal messages on it. Someone always has to push the limits and it ended up ruining it for others.

  7. Remember the lemmings who swore viciously about the kneelers and put narratives into their mouths were hysterically screaming about “If I did that at work, I’d be fired.”

    Well if I wore that headband for the next month, even my churchgoing boss would be like “WTF?”

    Jim McMahon ruined this for everyone else. Davis should call him for an explanation.

  8. The integrity and enjoy-ability of this game is slipping thru Goodell’s fingers and this is what constitutes a fine? Misplaced priorities of a game I am starting to fall out of love with.

  9. Dustin Adams says:
    October 3, 2019 at 9:21 am

    But kneeling during the anthem is cool.
    _______________________________

    Didn’t they address kneeling in the off-season?

    Knowledge ie cool which there doesn’t seem to be much of in some of the comments!

  10. Dustin Adams says:
    October 3, 2019 at 9:21 am
    But kneeling during the anthem is cool.

    ————————-

    Yea cause Kap is still in the league right?

  11. One’s belief in God is between that person and their God and should be practiced in their home or place of worship, it’s not something that should be paraded around the streets like the nations flag!

  12. If he gets fined for wearing a headband with that on it, how much do you think the officials are getting fined for their performance…oh wait… I forgot they do not have to answer for that. Business as usual

  13. Well, he wanted to sell those things for charity. Now he’s paid around 700 bandanas-worth of cash which will be used for charity. Maybe there really is balance in all things.

  14. He got more publicity by getting the fine than by wearing the headband in the first place. Now he can sell more headbands for charity and the fine money goes to charity. Everything turns out fine.

  15. Steve Cunningham says:
    October 3, 2019 at 11:35 am

    One’s belief in God is between that person and their God and should be practiced in their home or place of worship, it’s not something that should be paraded around the streets like the nations flag!
    ___________

    Sorry you’re so offended. Just out of curiosity, what’s your opinion on gay pride parades?

  16. Sorry you’re so offended. Just out of curiosity, what’s your opinion on gay pride parades?
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    Don’t you have to try really hard to find those? I see people complaining about them but how often are they a disturbance? I have never seen one. But I’d say that nearly everyday I see people talking about how their mystical being is better than Thor or Zeus or Jupiter or Ala or Buddha. I don’t get offended but they do sound ridiculous. I do get offended when those organizations pay zero in taxes but get a huge say so in how are laws are written. Even though that is against the constitution. Now if gay people got a tax free exemption for being gay and got to have a heavy influence on how we governed the tax paying citizens, then you’d have me on your side.

  17. The seemingly random fines after actually a round number from several years ago that goes up each year by a fixed percentage, like 5% (I don’t think its tied to the cap).

    X * 1.05 * 1.05 can become a weird number.

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