NFL fines Alvin Kamara $5,000 for Christmas cleats

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As expected, Saints running back Alvin Kamara will be making an involuntary contribution to the NFL’s version of the Human Fund.

According to NFL Media, the NFL has find Kamara $5,000 for wearing non-conforming cleats during the Christmas Day game against the Vikings. While wearing those shoes, Kamara (who compared the eventual punishment to the Grinch trying to steal Christmas) became the first player to score six touchdowns in a game since Bears running back Gale Sayers in 1965.

And so the Hall of Fame surely will want to display those cleats. Kamara, frankly, should decline to loan them to the museum in Canton unless and until the fine is rescinded. Or, alternatively, he should charge the Hall of Fame $5,000 for the privilege of using them.

The league allowed Kamara to wear the cleats for the full game because they did not present a safety or branding issue. It’s still difficult if not impossible to reconcile that approach with the decision in 2019 to compel Browns receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to change their own non-conforming shoes at halftime of a game.

27 responses to “NFL fines Alvin Kamara $5,000 for Christmas cleats

  1. Kamara offered to match the fine…the NFL should say the rules are the rules, fine him $5k and dentate the fine money plus $5k to one of his favorite causes, ideally kid focused…then hang those cleats in the HOF

  2. 6 TDs!!! If I were Kamara I would cut the league a check for $150k and in the memo section write: ‘for my every week cleats’.

  3. That’s ok,just sell them back to the NFL (for the hall of fame) for 5k and give that to charity also

  4. “And so the Hall of Fame surely will want to display those cleats.”
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    SURELY, THEY DON’T. The HOF celebrates accomplishments and the individuals, not fashion accessories.

  5. You can now count on several more Defensive PI calls against the Saints in the playoffs. I am talking about those “judgement calls” that cannot be challenged. Check the stats and you will see the disparity in the way games are called when the Saints are on the field. Here is the lesson to be learned, never cross Roger, you will pay for it for years to come.

  6. @NFL get over yourself.
    Where does money collected from fines go anyway?
    Hopefully to several good causes, charities etc. But probably not.

  7. Don’t make Kamara out to be the victim
    here. Responsible adults know if you break the rule, you pay the fine. You have to pay to play. How many millions has he made during his career??

  8. Mr. Kamara should have no complaints regarding the fine. After all, 100% of the money collected from fines goes to a fund to benefit the people who made it possible for him to make $15,000,000 a year. Those people are former players, many of whom do not get the pension and medical benefits today’s players get. I would say the folks complaining about what ends up as a $5000 donation to help former players are the Grinches.

    BTW, the fine is 0.03% of his salary, equal to $16.50 for someone making $50,000/year.

  9. We all knew this was coming but the NO Fun League could have turned the other way on this if they wanted to. Petty stuff for sure.

  10. SURELY, THEY DON’T. The HOF celebrates accomplishments and the individuals, not fashion accessories.
    ———————————————

    There was a representative from the NFL to grab cleats from Nick Foles after he tied the single game td pass record a few years back when he was with the Eagles. They were to display at the HOF is what I read. But I’ve never been to Canton.

  11. I then can assume Derrick Henry will get the same $5,000 for his reds shoes he wore last week while his teammates are wearing the black shoes.

  12. akira1971 says:
    January 1, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    “And so the Hall of Fame surely will want to display those cleats.”
    ———————

    SURELY, THEY DON’T. The HOF celebrates accomplishments and the individuals, not fashion accessories.

    ———-=============————=============————-

    The reason The HOF would want those shoes is because they were worn during a record-setting performance.
    The Hall is full uf such items… jerseys, cleats, etc.
    They would want them regardless of the Christmas colors.

  13. Did the NFL think about fine for the atrocious defense the Vikings fielded?

    And yes I’m a major Vikings fan

  14. Some folks don’t understand the contept of “Give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile.”. Once you start letting one thing slide, it becomes one more thing… then one more. Next thing you know, it’s out of hand… just like the endzone celebrations.

  15. iberiasaint says:
    January 1, 2021 at 12:11 pm
    You can now count on several more Defensive PI calls against the Saints in the playoffs. I am talking about those “judgement calls” that cannot be challenged. Check the stats and you will see the disparity in the way games are called when the Saints are on the field. Here is the lesson to be learned, never cross Roger, you will pay for it for years to come.

    As a Raider fan who lived in New Orleans for 10 years, I feel it every Sunday.

  16. When will the NFL fine the Steelers and take away a draft choice for being repeat offenders and for wearing masks after their last game? Saints were fined $500K and lost a 7th round pick for the exact same thing. If fact the Steelers infraction was far worse, it was a pre-planned dance and it was terrible.

  17. Not surprised. I’ll never forget how Peyton Manning wanted to wear black cleats to honor Johnny Unitas after he passed and the NFL said nope. He tried to do the right thing and ask ahead time and they said no. I wish he would have just wore them without asking. That way the story would have of blown up and people, outside of NFL fans, could see how utterly ridiculous the NFL is.

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