October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and millions of organizations are coming together to promote the prevention of the cancer that will find its way to one in eight women. They've received support from major organizations, including the NFL, but a recent report shows that their support is fleeting. After October, their players won't be allowed to grace the field with pink bandanas, socks, and armbands until the following October.
According to a feature article from New York Mag, one player wants to support breast cancer awareness all year long, but when he asked if it was allowed, his request was shot down.
DeAngelo Williams, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers has seen more cases of breast cancer in his 32 years than most people will in a lifetime. Four of his aunts suffered and passed from the disease, and then finally, his mother, Sandra Hill, was taken just last year by breast cancer.
Williams wanted to bring attention to the cause during more than just October by suiting up with his pink gloves, bandana, shoes, and other symbols even after the month ends. He was denied by Troy Vincent, the league's vice-president, stating that his request went against the official NFL uniform regulations.
The NFL rules mandate that players be allowed to wear the pink memorabilia during the month of October, but after the 31st, it's back to the standard uniform with no exceptions. In fact, the first offense would get Williams a fine of $5,787, according to the 31-page document outlining the policy.
This doesn't look good for the NFL, already under fire for letting the abuse of women slide. This is just another strike on their record.