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Marshawn Lynch fined for neon green cleats

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02:45 PM ET 10.05 | As you can see in the photo above, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was rocking some neon green cleats last weekend when the team wore their alternate all-grey uniforms against the Houston Texans. While the shoes looked pretty slick with the secondary look, the NFL was not very impressed. The NFL uniform police took notice of the shoes - it was pretty hard not to - so they once again fined Lynch for not wearing the same color shoes as his teammates, which is required by the league. Lynch's fine totaled $5,250, but it's not the first and likely not the last time that he will receive a bill from the league because of a uniform violation. It doesn't hurt anyone to add their own flair to the team uniform, but this is the NFL and Roger Goodell likes to deliver a weekly reminder that it stands for the No Fun League.

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Marshawn Lynch, Getty Images Marshawn Lynch, Getty Images
October 6, 2013  12:04 AM ET

The NFL is quickly becoming the NCAA with all these stupid fines and petty rules.

Not to mention the offenses they keep stealing from college, and all the talent they draft every year.

I guess in a way the NFL already is the new NCAA. Just as it appears the NCAA is getting ready to make major changes, too. Funny how college football has always been one step ahead of the pro game, even while 90% of football fans believe the opposite to be true.

October 6, 2013  12:24 AM ET

Colored cleats? Problem.

Killing, DUIs, drugs, fighting, spousal abuse, child neglect, and failure to pay child support? No problem.

October 6, 2013  12:39 AM ET

Now Nike is trying to ruin pro football too! F-in Phil Knight.

October 6, 2013  02:23 AM ET

I understand uniform standardization and all, but when the league practically forces the players to wear neon pink shoes this month it does seem that they are ok if players wear white shoes, black shoes, or pink shoes. If a player wears a shoe that is inline with the teams overall color set it doesn't seem like a worthy fine. The league treats every single thing as a "slippery slope".

October 6, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Sadly, this is nothing new. I recall in the 1980s when a player was fined $5000 for a late hit on Joe Theisman, and in the same press announcement the Cleveland Browns O-line were fined $10,000 each for "drooping socks."

October 6, 2013  08:43 AM ET

What is it with women and their shoes? Men will never figure them out.

October 6, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Colored cleats? Problem.Killing, DUIs, drugs, fighting, spousal abuse, child neglect, and failure to pay child support? No problem.

Yeah, don't they have anything better to do than worry about than what color shoes a player wears?

October 6, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Daily arrests destroying the NFL's image = OK

Shoe color = If you can't color coordinate your accessories girls, you have no place in Goodell's NFL
<passes tissue to Roger>

October 6, 2013  09:14 AM ET

It is a good rule and repeat offenders should be fined and suspended a game. It would look like a clown parade out there if you let the players wear what they wanted to.

October 6, 2013  09:19 AM ET

The players have to laugh at some of this. They make big money from deals, like RG3 wearing shirts from the company he is a sponsor for, and the league fines them a few thousand bucks.

Nike stores in the North West will now over stock with neon green shoes and a photo poster will be above the shelf and Lynch will laugh all the way to the bank.

October 6, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The players have to laugh at some of this. They make big money from deals, like RG3 wearing shirts from the company he is a sponsor for, and the league fines them a few thousand bucks.Nike stores in the North West will now over stock with neon green shoes and a photo poster will be above the shelf and Lynch will laugh all the way to the bank.

Nailed it!

October 6, 2013  09:39 AM ET

This bull is why I parted company with the Air Force. They were more worried about my hair cut more than the mission.

October 6, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Now think about it! If you let players wear what they wanted they would arm themselves with advertising from every business that signed them to a " sponsor us deal. " Heck, politicians with super pacs would have their candidates name across their back....

October 6, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Now think about it! If you let players wear what they wanted they would arm themselves with advertising from every business that signed them to a " sponsor us deal. " Heck, politicians with super pacs would have their candidates name across their back....

Not saying I completely disagree, I've always liked a clean hair cut. You have to have perspective though. I'll bight any hand that reaches into my back pocket. Uniform issues should be handled by the equipment manager and the laundry lady, not the league commissioner.

October 6, 2013  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Not saying I completely disagree, I've always liked a clean hair cut. You have to have perspective though. I'll bight any hand that reaches into my back pocket. Uniform issues should be handled by the equipment manager and the laundry lady, not the league commissioner.

Most players will do anything for money. I do not trust them.

October 6, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The NFL is quickly becoming the NCAA with all these stupid fines and petty rules.Not to mention the offenses they keep stealing from college, and all the talent they draft every year.I guess in a way the NFL already is the new NCAA. Just as it appears the NCAA is getting ready to make major changes, too. Funny how college football has always been one step ahead of the pro game, even while 90% of football fans believe the opposite to be true.

The rules make plenty of sense. If you let every player dress however they want - individually - it's going to look like a field full of clowns.

IMO the fine isn't high enough because this is becoming a weekly occurrence. Pay $5000 and get tons of publicity. Actually sounds like a pretty sweet deal for a multi-million dollar athlete.

October 6, 2013  10:07 AM ET

16 & 17 beat me to it.

October 6, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#23):

The rules make plenty of sense. If you let every player dress however they want - individually - it's going to look like a field full of clowns.IMO the fine isn't high enough because this is becoming a weekly occurrence. Pay $5000 and get tons of publicity. Actually sounds like a pretty sweet deal for a multi-million dollar athlete.

This ^^^

October 6, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The players have to laugh at some of this. They make big money from deals, like RG3 wearing shirts from the company he is a sponsor for, and the league fines them a few thousand bucks.Nike stores in the North West will now over stock with neon green shoes and a photo poster will be above the shelf and Lynch will laugh all the way to the bank.

I think the problem is they fine every player the same.

If you've got a guy making the league minimum, then a $5000 fine should be enough to discourage him. If you've got a guy making $millions, then a $5000 fine is a joke.

I'd prefer they make all fines a percentage.

 
October 6, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#26):

I think the problem is they fine every player the same.

If you've got a guy making the league minimum, then a $5000 fine should be enough to discourage him. If you've got a guy making $millions, then a $5000 fine is a joke.

I'd prefer they make all fines a percentage.

That's fine with me.

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