...Clark revealed that he was fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing eye black with the No. 21 etched into it Sunday. Clark said he did it to honor his late Redskins teammate Sean Taylor, who was murdered in his Florida home last year. Clark, who wears No. 25, wears a No. 21 practice jersey in honor of Taylor. Clark said he will continue to wear the eye black with "21" in it.
I understand that uniforms must conform to certain league guidelines, but at what point does somebody in the NFL Gestapo offices stop and think that fining a player for wearing two-inch-high numbers on his face to honor a fallen teammate could be a public relations disaster.
Yeah, we get it: the NFL will cease to exist as we know it if rules aren't followed TO THE LETTER. Repercussions and consequences and whatnot. The thing is, Commissar Goodell and his minions are already over-legislating, and when it takes Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (who I just figured was a mute because he never seems to talk) to point out that tackle football has become a "pansy game," well, it might be time to re-evaluate things.
Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing eye black with the No. 21 etched into it. Clark said he did it to honor his late Redskins teammate Sean Taylor, who was murdered in his Florida home last year. Is the NFL overstepping its bounds with unnecessary fines? Click through to see other past policy offenders and decide for yourself.
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Culprit: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans What He Did: Played the bongo drums on the sideline after a 66-yard TD run NFL Fined Him: $10,000
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Culprit: Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins What He Did: Performed a choreographed "Cupid Shuffle" dance with teammates NFL Fined Them: $10,000 each
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Culprit: Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys What He Did: Mocked the Patriots' Spygate scandal by using the football to simulate a camera NFL Fined Him: $7,500
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Culprit: Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals What He Did: Went through warm-ups before a game with an "Ocho Cinco" label on his jersey NFL Fined Him: $5,000
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Culprit: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles What He Did: Posed with teammate Quintin Demps after a 68-yard punt return TD NFL Fined Them: $10,000 each
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Culprit: Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints What He Did: Taunted Bears defenders before somersaulting in for an 88-yard TD reception NFL Fined Him: $5,000
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Culprit: Atlanta Falcons What They Did: Used posters and uniform modifications to show support for banished QB Michael Vick NFL Fined Them: A total of $47,500
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Culprit: Terrell Owens, formerly with the San Francisco 49ers What He Did: Ran from the end zone to midfield and celebrated on the Cowboys' famous star logo The 49ers Fine Him: $24,000 along with a one-week suspension
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Culprit: Joe Horn, formerly with the New Orleans Saints What He Did: Pulled out a cell phone from inside the goal post padding during a TD celebration NFL Fined Him: $30,000