Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was wearing a T-shirt prior to Monday night's preseason game against the Steelers, but the shirt wasn't an authorized garment, and the NFL doesn't like it when players don't follow the rules. The result: a $10,000 fine!
Griffin's T-shirt had the words "Operation Patience" across the front and he wore it during warm-ups prior to kick-off.
Even though he suited up, Griffin didn't even play in the game, still hampered from an off-season knee surgery. The problem is, the NFL has strict rules regarding "what" players can wear, and while the shirt is significant to RG III, significance doesn't matter to the league office.
The rules outline what a player can wear at any time on game day, and clearly, RG III was trying to stir things up! Come on NFL! Give the guy a break! He's been working on getting back on the field and a T-shirt that has the words "Operation Patience" doesn't exactly stir up controversy!
The fact is, this isn't the first time the league has fined Griffin. A year ago, during his rookie season, Griffin was fined $10,000 for wearing Adidas clothing during a post-game news conference and the NFL has a deal with Nike! That one I can see, but this one? Come on!
According to Griffin's physician, Dr. James Andrews, Griffin's leg looks strong and his movement is good. While not addressing the fine, Griffin did talk about his rehab and his progress toward getting back on the field, "I'm getting the team reps, and that's what I wanted, and that's what the team needed me to be out there doing. I feel good. I am confident Coach Shanahan easing me in has helped, and giving me the extra reps has helped now. My eyes are set on Philly."
The Redskins open the regular season on ESPN's Monday night football on September 9, and RG III says he'll be ready to go! If, that is, he stops violating the league's apparel rules! At least the fines go to charity!