But instead of applauding players who are trying to support causes personal to them, the league is FINING them!
Cornerback William Gay received a first-offense uniform violation of $5,787 on Wednesday for wearing purple cleats — purple to show support for domestic violence awareness.
The Pittsburgh Steelers player’s mother was shot and killed by his stepfather when he was 7 years old.
Growing up, he has been an avid supporter of the cause — which uses purple as its official color — and was even featured in a recent public service announcement.
The player even shared a photo of his purple cleats on his Instagram:
Last game to wear my purple cleat….. They so clean tho #domesticviolence #hopeline #verizonwireless #nomoreA photo posted by William Gay (@southcity22) on Oct 22, 2015 at 8:50am PDT
But Gay isn’t the only player to be punished for supporting a cause. Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams also received the same fine for wearing “Find the Cure” in his eye black in support of breast cancer awareness.
Williams said he has worn the customized eye black for years — but this was the first time he was fined for it.
As for Gay, he told reporters he won’t appeal the fine, but did express his frustration with the violation, saying:
“I think we all know why I wore the purple cleats.”
We understand that the NFL is trying to tighten up ship since Deflategate, but a player shouldn’t be reprimanded for honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence and cancer.
[Image via Instagram.]