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Martellus Bennett furious after NFL fines him over wearing 'too black' cleats

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The NFL's ridiculously stringent uniform rules have reared their ugly head again this week, and this time it is Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett whose wallet is a little lighter.

"Too Black"

After last season saw Marshawn Lynch reprimanded for daring to wear the wrong colored cleats, Bennett has now fallen foul of the league because his footwear was "too black."

Clearly angry, and somewhat dumbfounded, by the decision, Bennett revealed the situation when speaking to ESPN.


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"I'm just p***ed off at the NFL...they get mad because my cleats were too black," said the 28-year-old.

"They're perfect for my feet. I feel like they [the NFL] are supposed to protect the players, and I have a certain shoe that feels the best on my foot. I've had foot problems over the last two years.

"And they fine me because they're too black. They don't make them in white. I'm not a Nike guy. So I'm kind of [upset] about that. Hi, Merton Hanks."

The Hanks Bennett makes reference to is the man in charge of equipment and uniform-related fines.

Too far

The NFL, due to their highly valuable sponsorship and endorsement deals, has a strict policy when it comes to what players can, and cannot, wear when they step onto the gridiron.

This fine, though, likely to set the Bears star back several thousands of dollars, appears to be yet another example of the NFL putting dollar signs above the players that play the game.

Bennett went on to argue that being forced to change his cleats will "affect my game and affect my health."

NFL fans: Should players be able to wear what they like on game day, or do you like the current uniform/rules? 

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