Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs isn’t the most popular Bear these days. His oddly timed contract / ‘trade me’ demands has turned off many Chicago fans, but his latest venture will have fans forgetting his greed, as he’s willing to incur a fine for wearing cleats and gloves that aren’t approved by the NFL.
The cleats and gloves are designed by Reebok to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks. I hope more players around the league would take a similar stand.
The NFL actually employs a fashion police to look for violations. Un-tucked jersey, socks not pulled up, scribbles on a towel, and yes, unauthorized shoes and/or gloves. Briggs was quoted in the Chicago Tribune that he expects to be fined about $15,000 for the two uniform violations. He declared it will be “by far the best fine I will ever have to pay.”
With as much time and energy the NFL is putting into making the season opening games a tribute for the victims of 9/11, you’d think they would want all their players to don the Red, White, and Blue. The league has a couple days to make things right and allow the players to wear our colors proudly.
* The NFL announced via tweet that players can wear tribute apparel for week 1 games.
Well done NFL. Well done…