Your Friday morning open thread:
Robert Griffin III was fined $10,000 for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “Operation Patience” during pregame Monday night. A source said Thursday that the fine was for wearing “unauthorized apparel.”
It marks at least the second time that the Redskins quarterback was rebuked for his choice of clothes; he was also fined $10,000 in December for wearing Adidas logos during a postgame press conference. (The NFL, of course, has an apparel deal with Nike.)
It’s no secret that the league has a rigid dress code for its players, coaches and even trainers when they’re on the field or sidelines. Socks, cleats, jerseys, headbands, etc., all must adhere to the code or the “uniform policeman” at each stadium can drop the hammer.
The players are aware of the rules. And one can probably assume Griffin knew there was a chance he’d get fined. (It’s possible he was even warned, as is often the case.)
The league has its reasons for the strict dress code. Apparel companies such as Nike pay millions of dollars to have the game’s stars wearing its logo on Sundays, on the field and at the postgame podium. And if players were given latitude with their socks length, cleat color or personal messages, how long do you think it would be before someone took it too far?
So here’s today’s question: Did the NFL - which some jokingly call the No Fun League - go too far when it fined Griffin for an unauthorized shirt ...in pregame ...in the preseason? Or is this simply a case of rules are rules and Griffin stepped out of bounds?