Robert Griffin III (RG3) has been fined $10,000 for wearing a t-shirt which touted his attempts to recover at a good, safe pace.
During pre-game warmups RG3 took to the field wearing a shirt that read “Operation Patience.” The shirt was meant to show fans that he was taking his recovery seriously and hoping that his patience will lead to Week 1 play.
While he didn’t actually take any snaps during the pregame workout, his shirt was still in violation of the leagues unauthorized apparel agreement.
The NFL requires that players only wear approved apparel when visible to audiences in the stadium or on TV.
The Washington Post writes:
“The fine was assessed to Griffin for wearing unauthorized apparel during pregame warmups prior to Monday night’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the fine had not been made public. The person did not specify which article of clothing caused the violation.”
It should be noted that Griffin was wearing team-issued shorts and shoes, which leads us to believe it was the shirt that led to his hefty $10,000 apparel violation.
This isn’t the first $10,000 fine RG3 has paid for his choice in clothing. In December, he was hit with a fine for wearing an Adidas shirt to his post-game presser. That event was reserved exclusively for Nike.
If you think your wardrobe choices are hard, imagine walking out of your house and being hit with a fine because your neighbor doesn’t like your Ed Hardy shirt. On the other hand, anyone wearing an Ed Hardy shirt should most definitely be fined. Yeah, I’m talking to you Jon Gosselin.
Do you think the hefty $10,000 fine for wearing a t-shirt with a positive message was far? Should RG3 speak out against the league’s decision?