Okay fine, he just wore blue cleats instead of pink cleats, but in the eyes of the NFL that's basically the same thing. Can't possibly wear blue shoes and still take breast cancer seriously. Might want to take that into account next time you head into a Foot Locker. Gotta love Roger Goodell. Greg Hardy used his first public interview since being reinstated after BEATING A WOMAN to basically spit directly in the NFL's face and Goodell had no idea. Matthew Stafford wears cleats that perfectly match the rest of his uniform and he's handing out fines quicker than a rent-a-cop in a college parking lot.
I have no problem with the players dressing like new born baby girls for the entire month of October, I really don't. It's for a great cause and, to be honest, I barely even notice it. However, doesn't forcing players to do it with the threat of docking their finances kind of defeat the purpose entirely? That's like going to CVS and having the cashier just add the dollar towards your total without asking first. That's like trying to walk past a bathroom attendant at a fancy restaurant and having him jump you from behind and steal your wallet. Supporting a cause, monetarily or otherwise, should be a personal decision. I think we can safely assume that Matthew Stafford knows how detrimental breast cancer can be. I don't think that his decision to wear his comfy pair of cleats means that he doesn't acknowledge that. Fining him 5K doesn't show him how seriously the NFL takes it's dress code violations, it shows everyone else the convoluted order of the NFL's priorities. Don't take my word for it, the future Mrs. Stafford said it best...