But anti-cop pig socks during practice are totally fine, right?
Titans linebacker Avery Williamson planned on wearing a pair of patriotic custom cleats during his team’s home opener Sunday to honor those who were killed on 9/11. The left cleat says ” 9-11-01″ with the “11” representing the twin towers, and the right cleat says, “Never Forget.”
But he’s having second thoughts after a league representative threatened to fine him for “violating the league’s uniform code.”
“I don’t want to draw negative attention, so I’m just going to focus on playing the game,” Williamson said.
It’s nice that he’s not an attention-seeking moron. That’s refreshing, but it doesn’t make the league’s threat any less moronic. Two police union bigwigs agree and promised to pay Williamson’s fine if he chooses to wear the patriotic tribute cleats.
“I’m making a goal line stand on this. Enough is enough! The NFL is out of bounds on this,” the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association’s Paul Nunziato said. “This guy [Williamson] was hoping to honor everyone who died on 9/11, no matter what their country or color.”
New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association’s Patrick Colligan teamed up with Nunziato and promise to split the cost of Williamson’s fine, if he chooses to wear the cleats.
“Paul and I said, ‘Let’s split his fine.’ If he [Williamson] agrees to wear these cleats, we’ll pay whatever fine he gets,” Colligan said. “We want him to wear the cleats and we’ll pay the fine. He [Williamson] was absolutely doing a great thing and the NFL is threatening with a fine? When is Goodell going to recognize what his fan base is?”
“Here’s a player honoring those who died on 9/11 with a pair of cleats that he had made up himself — it’s not like he’s kneeling during the national anthem or anything,” Colligan added.
It’s unclear what Williamson plans to do (he might change his mind at the last minute), but we do know he plans to auction off the cleats for charity. Nonetheless, the selective outrage from the NFL is perplexing. We had a guy roaming around wearing anti-police socks during practice, and the NFL didn’t bat an eye.
“Kapernick can wear ‘pig socks’ and not even garner a response from the NFL, but this guy wants to honor those who tragically died on 9/11 and he’s threatened,” Colligan said.
Don’t forget the NFL already said no to a tiny sticker honoring the Dallas Police officers who were slaughtered!
I understand that it’s not part of the league’s uniform code, but come on. The season’s first official football Sunday falls on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. I think they can make an exception here, don’t you?