The NFL is never reluctant to dole out a fine for a uniform violation. The latest infraction comes courtesy of Brandon Marshall, the Chicago Bears wide receiver who wore an interesting pair of shoes this past Thursday.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:10 a.m. ET
From Brandon Marshall:
Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised. pic.twitter.com/P9GNygFpH9— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) October 16, 2013
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the wideout was being hit with a $5,250 fine for wearing green shoes against the New York Giants in Week 6.
NFL is expected to fine Bears WR Brandon Marshall $5,250 for wearing green shoes Thursday night in honor of Mental Health Awareness week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 13, 2013
Brandon Marshall wears green cleats to promote Mental Health Awareness Week. pic.twitter.com/kQOtwrdCBm— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 11, 2013
Marshall donned the kicks for a good cause, trying to bring more attention to Mental Health Awareness Week. He understood that he would be fined for the uniform violation and chose to go ahead with his decision anyway, telling ESPN's Doug Padilla:
I'm going to get fined and I'm going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer-care [charity]. We're still working on the details to give, really give back to an organization that is doing work in the mental health area. [Also], the diagnosis of breast cancer can hit families hard. It affects all of us.
As per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the eighth-year man out of Central Florida decided that he would match any financial penalty he incurred with a donation to charity. And so, Marshall’s favorite charity will be receiving a check for $5,250 for his decision to wear non-conforming shoes.
Did Marshall deserve to be fined for this?
Marshall also auctioned the green cleats at BuyBrandonsShoes.com with the description reading:
"Own the green shoes Brandon wore during the Oct 10 Bears game to support mental health awareness. Or, please make a donation! Proceeds go to The Brandon Marshall Foundation. Auction will close at the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game Oct 14."
They sold for $3,601.
Considering the amount of airtime Marshall's cause received against the Giants, the relatively minor fine was certainly worth it. Marshall was the star of the show during the nationally televised Thursday Night Football contest against the G-Men, lighting up their defense for nine catches, 87 yards and two scores in the Bears' 27-21 victory.
Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011. He’s attempting to raise awareness for an issue he feels is important, much as the NFL is during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.