Carolina Panthers Josh Norman will likely become the next player to be fined by the NFL over incorrect uniform after wearing red, white and blue cleats during their win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The cornerback has had a brilliant season so far, but that will not excuse him from the discipline of the NFL. He wanted to pay his own tribute on Salute to Service day by wearing the different cleats and he knows he will get fined for it, but he simply doesn't care.
Despite the tribute, the reason he could get fined by the NFL, according to the Charlotte Observer, is because: "his custom-made Adidas cleats – emblazoned with the words, “proud, brave” – did not feature the Panthers’ color scheme." A pathetic reason to fine him if you ask me, but rules are rules.
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He said, according to ESPN: "First and foremost, I thank God for allowing me to play for the troops this game. They gave up their lives so we can have freedom in this world and the United States of America. There is nothing greater than that.
"I just wanted to come out and pay homage to them, the proud and the brave. I wore my shoes today. I may get fined for it, but it is what it is, the price we pay for freedom. I'll take that any day."
ESPN also said: "Norman has been approached about donating the cleats to the USO of North Carolina or South Carolina to be auctioned off for charity."
Norman was fined for a different cleats situation last year where he wore mostly silver cleats against the Minnesota Vikings. He had to pay a $11,000 fine, which he wasn't happy about, but he would gladly pay the price this time around.
"Big ups to them and everything they do for our country," Norman said: "I can't be proud enough to be an American citizen."
This is another ridiculous fine, yet rule-abiding action by the NFL in terms of dress code, after they wouldn't allow DeAngelo Williams to wear pink throughout the year to honor his mother, and they fined Cameron Heyward for writing 'Iron Head' on his eye black to honor his father.