Marshawn Lynch Gets Fined For One of the NFL's Most Ridiculous Rules

By Connor Muldowney
Marshawn Lynch
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The NFL has reared its ugly head once again in the ‘stealing money from players’ category. Okay, I get it, we shouldn’t feel bad for these guys who make millions upon millions of dollars every year to play a game, but imagine if it was you getting fined at your high-paying job for not abiding by a uniform policy completely. That’s exactly what has happened to Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks recently as he was fined for wearing green shoes.

This isn’t the first instance this season of a player being fined for his clothing. In fact, a few weeks ago, the NFL fined Louis Delmas of the Detroit Lions for the color of socks that he wore. Apparently he wasn’t allowed to wear black and blue socks together yet did so anyway, resulting in a fine of thousands of dollars.

Lynch, one of the best running backs in the league, loves to stand out and his green shoes have become somewhat of a trademark in his uniform. He is known for wearing those flashy kicks and the NFL doesn’t like that.

I could understand if he got fined for wearing them before, but it took the league four weeks into the season to fine the running back $5,250 for wearing the showy shoes. Also, I would understand if he was fined this week, when most players in the NFL were wearing pink for breast cancer awareness and he still wore green, but it was after the Houston Texans win last week that he received the fine.

The rule is that each player must abide to the uniform policy that the rest of the team follows — in other words, don’t stand out at all.

Interesting rule, NFL. Might want to revise it. Green is one of the Seahawks’ colors.

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