Robert Griffin III wore an Adidas sweatshirt during his post-game interview last weekend. That may not seem like a big deal but in the NFL its a big no-no. Griffin was fined$10,000 for wearing “unauthorized apparel.”
The star quarterback, whose jersey sales set a record this year, usually wears a suit to press conferences to avoid offending the NFL. Griffin was inactive during the Redskins game against the Baltimore Ravens so he may have not been expecting to speak to the press after the game. Regardless, the league has levied a $10,000 fine against the rookie.
NFL.com reports that Griffin has an endorsement deal with Adidas.
This is the second time this year that RGIII has been in trouble for wearing non-Nike clothes. Earlier this year the rookie decided to black out one of the Nike Swooshes on his T-shirt with the word heart. The league talked to Griffin about the incident and let him off with a warning. They weren’t so nice this time around.
According to the NY Daily News, Nike paid more than $1 billion to get exclusive rights to all NFL gear this year. Griffin may have a deal with a rival company but the Redskins quarterback has definitely put some money into Nike’s pockets this year. The league said that Redskins memorabilia sales have jumped 252% since Griffin joined the team. The rookie also overtook Brett Favre on the all-time sales list.