NFL Fines Player For Wearing CHRISTMAS CLEATS – Allows National Anthem Protests To Continue

NFL Fines Player For Wearing CHRISTMAS CLEATS – Allows National Anthem Protests To Continue

A player with the New Orleans Saints has proven where the NFL has drawn a line in what they consider unacceptable conduct from players.

Alvin Kamara, #41 with the Saints, wore bright red, festive cleats for his game two days before Christmas and was fined $6,000 by the NFL for doing so.

Now, I’d agree that wearing something that isn’t in the guidelines is a good reason to get a fine and the player himself seems to agree. But who can take this seriously when the NFL is allowing players to disrespect the National Anthem while following every other tiny rule in the book? Here are the shoes he was wearing:

The jingle bells look a little unsafe, so it’s easy to see why these would be considered nonstandard.

Kamara, 22, seems to be a pretty reasonable guy, joking about needing to start a fundraiser on Twitter when he posted his photo of the fine letter:

Previously, he admitted that he knew he would probably be fined for wearing the cleats, saying:

“I’m going to make a GoFundMe — yeah, I’m getting fined — and whatever the fine is, I’m going to pay the fine and the rest I’m going to donate to a charity. Simple as that.”

Kamara’s parents were born in Liberia and when he was playing college football with the University of Alabama, he was banned from the team by Coach Nick Saban. Later, he played with the University of Tennessee.

So, what’s the NFL going to do with a few extra thousand dollars, when they’re losing money from audiences dropping out while simultaneously giving millions to social justice?

Last month, the NFL pledged to give almost $100 million over the course of seven years to social justice-influenced projects in an effort to bribe the players to stop with the anthem protests, but nowhere in the language of the deal does it mention that the players must agree to stand. While this is not supposed to be a tit-for-tat situation, the players who were a part of the negotiation of the deal were doing so under the influence of the protests, with one player saying that he still speaks to Colin Kaepernick “every day,” but is still not happy with the deal. While the NFL used to give to other charities including those benefiting breast cancer and veterans, this new social justice payoff now surpasses their other charitable commitments.

When you get down to it, fining Kamara for wonky shoes, but giving tens of millions of dollars to causes supported by players who won’t stand for the National Anthem seems like poor parenting.

Margaret M.

Internet Specialist at Warfare Media.

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