GOOD NEWS Titans Player Wears 9/11-Themed Cleats After Police Groups Offer to Pay NFL Fine
— tnsports (@tnsports) September 11, 2016
A Tennessee Titans player wore 9/11-themed cleats yesterday to honor the victims of the 2001 terror attacks, despite the threat of a fine from the NFL.
Linebacker Avery Williamson donned the patriotic cleats after several teammates and police groups in New York and New Jersey offered to pay any fine that is levied by the league.
“I just felt like I got so much support across the country, and especially when the New York and New Jersey police unions said that they would pay my fine, that really meant a lot ... so I felt like if I didn’t wear them, I just wouldn’t have felt good about it," he told The Tennessean after Sunday's game.
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) September 11, 2016
The custom-made cleats had "Never Forget" and "9/11" printed on them with stars and stripes. Williamson is now auctioning the cleats, along with VIP Titans tickets, to benefit Operation Warrior Wishes.
Other NFL players also showed their patriotism in spite of the NFL's long-standing policy of issuing fines to players who deviate from the uniform code.
Custom cleats for Mohamed Sanu today pic.twitter.com/NzcUwxgr3K
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 11, 2016
Odell Beckham Jr rocking these amazing cleats. pic.twitter.com/LawXCWHC6k
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 11, 2016
The NFL drew criticism last month by denying the Dallas Cowboys' request to feature a pro-police helmet sticker.
And last year, star cornerback Josh Norman was fined for wearing red-white-and-blue cleats in honor of Veterans Day.
All players wore commemorative, league-approved helmet stickers on Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks.
Many fans, however, expressed frustration that the league cracks down on patriotic uniform displays, while players continue to protest the national anthem.
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) September 11, 2016
So the NFL will fine people for wearing patriotic 9/11 memorial cleats but not a word about boycotting the national anthem.
— ʞɔıu (@Pavicii) September 12, 2016
NFL fining players for wearing 9/11 cleats but allow the morons to sit down during the national anthem. Ridiculous
— Joe (@redneck_joe00) September 12, 2016
A group of Miami Dolphins players were the latest to sit out the anthem on Sunday following the high-profile displays by Colin Kaepernick.
Fines for the players' patriotic cleats have not been announced as of yet.