New York Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz were expecting the worst for the cleats they wore on Sunday.
NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reported that the league will not fine the players for the cleats they wore in Giants’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys in remembrance of 9/11.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2016
The players went into the week expecting a fine for the decision. The normal fine for a first-offense uniform violation is in the neighborhood of $6,000. Last season, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler wrote a story when Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams and cornerback William Gay were fined for uniform violations.
Williams wore eye black with the words “Find the Cure” on it. That is a phrase used by those trying to find a cure for breast cancer. His mother died from the disease in 2014.
Gay wore purple cleats during a game in support of domestic violence awareness. His step father shot and killed his mother when he was 7 years old. Both players were fined $5,787.
In 2014, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Devon Still wore eye black that read “Leah Strong.” His daughter was fighting pediatric cancer. ESPN’s Coley Harvey wrote an article because Still supported Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward for wearing eye black that read “Tackle Cancer.” His father, former NFL fullback Craig “Ironhead” Heyward died of brain cancer.
His fine was later reduced, but he was asked to find another way to remember his father.