NFL Fines Saints Running Back $6,000 for Red Christmas Cleats
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara said Thursday he was fined $6,079 by the NFL for his decision to wear Christmas-themed red cleats in last Sunday's game.
The Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate then started a GoFundMe drive, saying he'd donate all proceeds to an organization that provides cleats to youth football players.
— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) December 28, 2017
He wrote: "Unfortunately The Grinch stole Christmas!! After the game I said that I would make a gofundme for the fine and donate the proceeds to charity sooooo.... here we are! A donation will be made to Willie Hall playgrounds recreational department to provide cleats for their youth football programs."
— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) December 23, 2017
The festive red and white cleats even had jingle bells on the laces, though Kamara took those off before playing against the Falcons.
"Yeah, they were worth it," Kamara told reporters.
The NFL's strict enforcement of its dress code has generated complaints, especially after the league fined players for wearing custom-made patriotic footwear.
It led the league to allow all players to wear special cleats for one week this season to call attention to charitable causes.
The league also denied the Dallas Cowboys' request to wear decals on their helmets to honor five police officers killed in a 2016 ambush attack.
On "Fox & Friends," Pete Hegseth recalled that no action was taken against former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for wearing socks portraying police officers as pigs. The socks were photographed on the quarterback at a practice, not in a game.