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NFL Fines Players For Wearing Patriotic 9/11 Cleats, Sitting For The National Anthem Still Okay

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Three NFL players wore patriotic 9/11 remembrance-themed cleats on Sunday, and now the league is fining each of them around $6,000.

Avery Williamson, Victor Cruz, and Odell Beckham Jr. all donned the apparently egregious footwear on Sunday despite a preemptive warning from the NFL. The New York and New Jersey police associations both volunteered to pay the fines when they heard about them, however. The support from these organizations made Williamson decide that he absolutely had to go through with wearing the cleats, according to the Tennessean.

“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. I felt like I had to do that, just for myself and to represent the people that were lost and the people that do their jobs every day to protect us. I feel like it was just a duty.”

On top of the support, Williamson will auction off the cleats and donate the proceeds to Operation Warrior Wishes, according to Daily Wire.

Glad to see the athletes not only refusing to back down from the NFL, but turning it into something positive for the organizations they were supporting.

It’s a heartwarming takeaway from an otherwise FUBAR situation. Roger Goodell’s reasoning here is unfathomable. I would pay to see him attempt to explain why sitting during the national anthem is okay, but showing pride in our country and support for our fallen heroes on the anniversary of America’s greatest tragedy is a no-go. Someone stick a mic in his face ASAP.

Fire Roger Goodell.

[via Tennessean]

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Alex Buscemi

AKA Boosh. Former high school back-up wide receiver. Author of two pretty successful Reddit comments. Recent grad from the University of South Carolina.

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