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Brandon Marshall okay with NFL fine for green cleats

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05:20 PM ET 10.16 | Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been open enough to share his past struggles with mental health issues, so he showed his support of Mental Health Awareness Week in Week 6 against the New York Giants in prime time by wearing green cleats for the cause. Marshall knew when he laced up the cleats that he would be getting a fine from the league office, and that fine came down on Tuesday. Marshall was docked $10,500 for violating the league's uniform policy and he shared the letter on Twitter. Along with the letter, Marshall shared some words of wisdom that showcased his continuing maturation that has helped him turn things around on the field and return to being a top flight receiver. It still rubs people the wrong way that Marshall was fined for his cleats, but it's the way the league operates. The good news is that Marshall did exactly what he set out to do by creating conversation about mental health awareness and bringing attention to a great cause.

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October 16, 2013  07:35 PM ET

I have nothing against such a worthy cause, but if the NFL lets everyone wear what they want, who knows what some of the yahoos would wear.

October 16, 2013  07:35 PM ET

NFL does = the No Fun League

October 16, 2013  07:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have nothing against such a worthy cause, but if the NFL lets everyone wear what they want, who knows what some of the yahoos would wear.

We have the Lingerie Football League for that.

October 16, 2013  07:43 PM ET

some sponsor paid the fine for him....

October 16, 2013  08:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

some sponsor paid the fine for him....

From what I understand (but could be wrong), it's taken directly from the check.

October 16, 2013  08:06 PM ET

From what I'd read elsewhere, Marshall matched the fine with a charitable donation. Good for him, and good for the league for not banning him from taking the field as they'd previously said they would do. The league may not like it when players violate the "dress code", but at least they know bad PR when they're about to step in it.

October 16, 2013  08:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

The league may not like it when players violate the "dress code", but at least they know bad PR when they're about to step in it.

Yep. I remember when the league got a lot of flack for not allowing Peyton Manning to wear hightops right after Unitas died.

October 16, 2013  08:41 PM ET

On the one hand, it was cool of him to match the fine as a donation to his foundation. But it would seem a lot less shady if he'd just worn the cleats, then sold them for his foundation instead.

Matching the fine, rather than just making his own donation, was done to call attention to it, and he waited until the NFL went pink to make a point.

October 16, 2013  09:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have nothing against such a worthy cause, but if the NFL lets everyone wear what they want, who knows what some of the yahoos would wear.

I agree with this opening statement.

October 16, 2013  09:50 PM ET

It's always good to take a mere fine in pursuit of The Green. Although ~$11K is a might steep.

Jail sentence are another thing altogether.

October 16, 2013  11:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I have nothing against such a worthy cause, but if the NFL lets everyone wear what they want, who knows what some of the yahoos would wear.

Well put. Totally agreed.

I just wish the league would be as decisive when some of these folks break the law like they do.

October 17, 2013  12:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

he waited until the NFL went pink to make a point.

That's the thing I don't like.

There's already a cause being supported right now. He couldn't have picked a different week? (as in one outside of October)

October 17, 2013  12:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

That's the thing I don't like.There's already a cause being supported right now. He couldn't have picked a different week? (as in one outside of October)

I guess it's a specific "week" of mental health awareness. So I guess that much makes sense.

October 17, 2013  12:13 AM ET

Although...

One way to look at this is the NFL is being heartless because they're going to fine Brandon Marshall for doing something that will support a charitable cause.

Another way to look at it is he's using a charitable cause to drum up his own personal publicity and manipulating the system by putting the NFL between a rock and a hard place. Really doesn't sound so nice when you look at it from every angle.

The reality is he can support Mental Health Awareness off the field without throwing the NFL under the bus in the process.

October 17, 2013  12:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Although...One way to look at this is the NFL is being heartless because they're going to fine Brandon Marshall for doing something that will support a charitable cause.Another way to look at it is he's using a charitable cause to drum up his own personal publicity and manipulating the system by putting the NFL between a rock and a hard place. Really doesn't sound so nice when you look at it from every angle.The reality is he can support Mental Health Awareness off the field without throwing the NFL under the bus in the process.

Or...

The NFL forces him to "support" one charitable cause publicly and prevents him from giving that same publicity to another worthy cause he supports.

October 17, 2013  12:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Although...One way to look at this is the NFL is being heartless because they're going to fine Brandon Marshall for doing something that will support a charitable cause.Another way to look at it is he's using a charitable cause to drum up his own personal publicity and manipulating the system by putting the NFL between a rock and a hard place. Really doesn't sound so nice when you look at it from every angle.The reality is he can support Mental Health Awareness off the field without throwing the NFL under the bus in the process.

The NFL could also observe other awarenesses and not limit the entire league to just their cause. One that happens to attempt to bring their largest, mostly untapped market. The market that just happens to generally do the majority of the household spending.


Month-long observances
National Stamp Collecting Month (United States) [2]
LGBT History Month (United States)
Autism Awareness Month (Canada)
Brain Tumour Awareness Month (Canada)
Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss Awareness Month (United States)
Clergy Appreciation Month (United States)
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
National Arts & Humanities Month (United States)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Eczema and Psoriasis Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (in United States)[3]
Fair Trade Month[4]
Tera Melos Awareness Month
Dwarfism Awareness Month
Auto Battery Safety Month
National Squirrel Awareness Month[5]
Archaeology Month (United States)
American Archives Month
Cultural celebrations[edit]German American Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 in the United States)[6]
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 in the United States)
Filipino American History Month (United States)
Black History Month (in United Kingdom)
Italian American Heritage Month: Italian Heritage and Culture Month[7]
Polish American Heritage Month[8]

Health observances
Brain Tumour Awareness Month (Canada)
Celiac Sprue Awareness Month[9]
Health Literacy Month[10]
Healthy Lung Month[11]
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (in United States[12] and Canada)
National Dental Hygiene Month (in United States)[13]
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)[14]
National Infertility Awareness Month (in United States)[15]
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (in United States)[16]
National Lupus Erythematosus Awareness Month (in United States)[17]
National Physical Therapy Month (in United States)[18]
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (in United States)[19]
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)[20]
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month (in United States)[21]
World Blindness Awareness Month[22]
American Pharmacist Month[23]
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month[24]
3D Ultrasound Awareness Month[25]
Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 17, 2013  12:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The NFL could also observe other awarenesses and not limit the entire league to just their cause. One that happens to attempt to bring their largest, mostly untapped market. The market that just happens to generally do the majority of the household spending. Month-long observancesNational Stamp Collecting Month (United States) [2] LGBT History Month (United States) Autism Awareness Month (Canada) Brain Tumour Awareness Month (Canada) Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss Awareness Month (United States) Clergy Appreciation Month (United States) Rett Syndrome Awareness Month National Arts & Humanities Month (United States) Domestic Violence Awareness Month Breast Cancer Awareness Month Eczema and Psoriasis Awareness Month National Cyber Security Awareness Month (in United States)[3] Fair Trade Month[4] Tera Melos Awareness Month Dwarfism Awareness Month Auto Battery Safety Month National Squirrel Awareness Month[5] Archaeology Month (United States) American Archives Month Cultural celebrations[edit]German American Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 in the United States)[6] National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 in the United States) Filipino American History Month (United States) Black History Month (in United Kingdom) Italian American Heritage Month: Italian Heritage and Culture Month[7] Polish American Heritage Month[8] Health observancesBrain Tumour Awareness Month (Canada) Celiac Sprue Awareness Month[9] Health Literacy Month[10] Healthy Lung Month[11] National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (in United States[12] and Canada) National Dental Hygiene Month (in United States)[13] National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)[14] National Infertility Awareness Month (in United States)[15] National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (in United States)[16] National Lupus Erythematosus Awareness Month (in United States)[17] National Physical Therapy Month (in United States)[18] National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (in United States)[19] Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (in United States)[20] Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month (in United States)[21] World Blindness Awareness Month[22] American Pharmacist Month[23] Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month[24] 3D Ultrasound Awareness Month[25] Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oh, I so want someone to wear something in honor of squirrel awareness month...

October 17, 2013  12:25 AM ET

Heart disease is the number one killer in this country. Where is their month?

Alcohol related deaths wheter it be DUI, liver disease or other various problems caused by alcohol are on the steady incline in this country. Yet the NFL still sells the booze in their stadiums.

October 17, 2013  12:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Oh, I so want someone to wear something in honor of squirrel awareness month...

I vote for Tera Melos. However I would have no clue if they did, I don't have the slightest idea of what that is.

 
October 17, 2013  12:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Heart disease is the number one killer in this country. Where is their month?Alcohol related deaths wheter it be DUI, liver disease or other various problems caused by alcohol are on the steady incline in this country. Yet the NFL still sells the booze in their stadiums.

Breast cancer's not even the number one cancer killer of women.

Lung cancer kills more people than the next four (breast, pancreas, prostate, colon) combined.

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