Marshawn Lynch Fined By NFL For Wearing Green CleatsBy: Tobias Roth - October 6, 2013
Marshawn Lynch has become the latest victim in the targeting of the NFL’s uniform police, and was fined for his attire. Yes, you read that right, and the funny part is, this is not the first time that this has happened to the star running back. Lynch has been fined $5,250 for wearing green cleats in their win against the Houston Texans last Sunday. Marshawn Lynch is the running back for the Seattle Seahawks, and one of the best in the league, earning himself the nickname of “Beast Mode.”
The NFL has certainly not held back in terms of assigning fines to players this year especially. It seems that every week, fans hear about at least a few players being fined for something. Usually, those fines involves someone delivering a dirty hit to another player though, Clay Matthews and Dashon Goldson are great examples of this. Ironically, Lynch is not the first player to be fined for uniform violations during the 2013 season. Lions safety Louis Delmas was fined $5,000 for wearing the wrong color socks in week 1 and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was fined $10,000 for wearing Under Armour visor clips.
The fine for wearing the wrong colored cleats is a fine rarely issued, although somehow it is not the first time that it has happened to Lynch and in fact, he was fined $10,000 in Week 17 of the 2011 season for wearing Skittles-colored cleats during a game, according to the New England Sports Network. It may seem silly to pay such an amount of money for this kind of an issue, but in this case, the special cleats allowed him to carry the ball 17 times for 98 yards.
In the week 4 game against the Houston Texans, Lynch played in a pair of neon green cleats, that were apparently enough to stir up controversy within the NFL. While it is something that people normally do not pay any attention to or care about, wearing the same color cleats as their teammates seems to be a big deal for the NFL uniform police. Wearing outrageous cleats and having some fun with his uniform seems to be an interest of Lynch’s and that does not seem to affect other players or fans, so why should the NFL care? Sports Illustrated jokes about the fine saying that this is just an example of Roger Goodell and the NFL simply delivering a weekly reminder that the NFL stands for the No Fun League.
Image via Youtube