With the Seattle Seahawks just minutes away from taking on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game the NFL could be set to hit the reigning Super Bowl champs' plans for success.
As reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the NFL is threatening to eject Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch from the game should he take to the field in customized gold cleats.
No Fun League
With Lynch having been hoping to rock the unique footwear in the biggest game of his, and Seattle's, season so far it appears that the NFL is doing its best to live up to the fan-dubbed 'No Fun League' moniker.
The gold cleats, seen below, to do not conform to the NFL's strict rules regarding brand and color of footwear.
The issue of colorful cleats have led to other NFL players receiving fines after the fact from the NFL - as was the case in 2013 when Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall donned green cleats to promote the cause of mental-health awareness.
Now though the league is preparing to step in before Lynch even places a toe on the gridiron in a move that is sure to anger the Seahawks fan base even further considering the league's recent run ins with their superstar back.
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Marshawn Lynch has already been forced to pay a $100,000 fine to the NFL following his failure to comply with media obligations - refusing to take part in post-game interviews.
Whether the player's reluctance to adhere to that particular rule is playing any part in their strict proposed punishment regarding his gold cleats is anyone's guess but should it affect Seattle's chances against the Packers today you can be sure that Seahawks fans will have something to say about it.
What do you think? Is the NFL right to clamp down here or is it another example of the league going over the top on unimportant issues? Let us know in the comments section below...