Earl Bennett Fined $5,000 For Orange Cleats
After sitting out the Chicago Bears previous five games due to a chest injury, Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett returned to action in style, racking up a touchdown and leading the team in receiving yards in a win against Philadelphia Eagles. He also unveiled a swanky pair of orange cleats, which came in handy as he found holes in the Eagles secondary.
But the NFL didn’t think so highly of the shoes, and handed Bennett a $5000 fine for violating a league uniform policy that dictates shoes must either be pre-dominantly black or white.
Just last week Bennett’s teammate, Brian Urlacher, went on ESPN’s Mike & Mike In The Morning and expressed his frustration with the barrage of fines the NFL has handed down in recent years.
Despite his success in the footwear, Bennett said he probably won’t tempt fate by wearing the shoes again.
“They say they will double the fine, so, it would be 10 grand,” Bennett told the AP. “And I don’t think my wife would like that.”