Outrageous NFL Fines Panthers Player for ... Patriotic Cleats?!
— *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) November 12, 2015
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman is in hot water with the NFL for wearing cleats he customized to honor his veteran grandfather.
The league yesterday fined Norman $5,000 for violating its uniform code.
The South Carolina native had worn red, white and blue cleats during Sunday’s Salute to Service game against the Green Bay Packers.
Norman tweeted out a picture of the official notice alongside the offending shoes.
“During the Green Bay Packers-Carolina Panthers game on November 8, 2015, you were in violation of the NFL Uniform and Equipment Rules,” the letter states.
“Specifically, you displayed a personal message written on your shoes in view of the stadium and television audience.”
Norman told ESPN that the violation was less to do with the colors of his shoes than the words “Proud” and “Brave” he had emblazoned on the sides.
But on Twitter the cornerback remained resolute, telling fans that his grandfather had been a sergeant in the Korean War.
“If it was no him then there would be no me,” Norman wrote. “So regardless of this piece of paper. In his HONOR I salute our TROOPS & VETERANS.”
A few weeks ago, Saints defensive lineman Cameron Heyward was fined for wearing eye black to honor his late father, former NFL running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward.