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Brandon Marshall docked $10,500 for his green cleats, tweets NFL fine letter (pic)


Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall knew full well that he would be invoking the wrath of the National Football League’s gestapo-esque uniform conformity police after announcing he intended to wear green cleats during last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants.

Marshall said that he was wearing the green cleats to promote Mental Health Awareness Week, a cause he holds dear after being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in 2011 when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins.

Well, the fine hammer has fallen as Marshall revealed in a tweet that he had been fined $10,500 by the NFL for committing the aforementioned uniform violation during Chicago’s 27-21 win. The fine is consistent with the league’s fine schedule, being it was Marhsall’s second offense.

To document the NFL’s actions, Marshall tweeted a photo of the letter from the NFL informing him of the fine.

Admitting that he was fully aware of the NFL’s draconian uniform code, Marshall said last Wednesday that he planned to utilize the additional attention as a “platform.”

”I know there’s going to be cameras on me, it just makes my platform that much bigger,” Marshall said, according to an Associated Press report. “I really embrace it. I truly believe that football is my platform not my purpose.”

In fact, Marshall pledged last Wednesday that any fine levied against him he would match, even acknowledging the NFL’s October charity of choice, breast cancer research and prevention.

“I’m going to get fined and I’m going to match that, and we want to partner with a cancer-care (charity),” Marshall told ESPN Chicago. “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.”

On Wednesday morning, Marshall took to Twitter to reveal the contents of the NFL’s letter notifying him of the fine.

Fair enough. All’s well that ends well. The NFL made its point about uniform violations and Brandon Marshall raised awareness for a cause he truly believes in and supports. Everybody wins.

[Chicago Tribune]