Robert Griffin III Reportedly Fined $10,000 by NFL for Unauthorized Apparel
Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn't been able to take a single snap yet this season, but he has already reportedly earned himself a $10,000 fine.
UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 24
ESPN.com's John Keim reports how Griffin III joked about his fine:
One day after the NFL fined him $10,000 for wearing unauthorized apparel before a Monday night game against Pittsburgh, Griffin had his retort.
It came at the Redskins' annual Welcome Home Luncheon, shortly after an auction for charity ended. Griffin was speaking because he had just been named the alumni's 2012 Offensive Player of the Year.
He opened by saying, "Those auctioneers did a good job. I would've given them 10 grand, but the NFL took it away from me this week."
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.
As Maske notes, players are only authorized to wear certain apparel during game days "when they are visible to the stadium and television audiences."
It's still unclear as to how RGIII exactly broke the rule, but he was spotted wearing an "Operation Patience" shirt while warming up before Monday night's game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Operation Patience" is the term that the young quarterback has coined and taken on during his comeback from knee surgery back in January.
This will mark the second time he has been hit with such a punishment, as the league, which only authorizes Nike apparel, hit him with another $10,000 fine for wearing Adidas apparel to a postgame press conference last December.
According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the "Operation Patience" shirt is not trademarked by Adidas, the company that endorses Griffin:
Rules are rules, and this is pretty much pocket change to RGIII, who received a $13.8 million signing bonus last year. But if the speculation is correct, it seems a little excessive to punish a guy for a regular, non-offensive shirt.
Especially one that supposedly represents his patient mindset in coming back from a brutal injury.
RGIII won't play this preseason, but he has been practicing with the first team, per the Post's Rich Campbell, and he looks to be ready to build off a highly impressive rookie season—no matter what shirt he wears.
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