No fine for Pat McAfee for 9/11 cleats

Posted at 6:33 AM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 13:33:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Pat McAfee will not be fined for the 9/11 cleats he wore during Sunday's game against the Lions.

McAfee announced the news on his Twitter account, in the only way he can.

Technically, the NFL could still fine him well after the fact, but the fines come down on Monday or Tuesday.

McAfee's cleats had an American flag on one side and "9-11 NEVER FORGET" on the other. They were hand-painted by Indianapolis-based tattoo artist Nick McNulty.


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The NFL has a whole section in its rulebook about uniform policy. Basically, a player can't wear anything not issued by the team or league. The NFL must give prior approval if it comes from outside sources.

An ESPN reporter caught up with McAfee before the game and asked about his cleats.

"I know I'm gonna get fined and I don't care," McAfee said about his shoes. "Worth every penny!"

According to, the fine for having a personal message on a player's uniform would cost them $6,076.

Across the league, other players wore similar cleats honoring 9/11 first responders and victims. Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz, and Titans linebacker Avery Williamson had special gear Sunday.

After all the NFL did on Sunday to remember 9/11 with tributes and pregame videos, officials apparently decided it's better to just let this one slide.

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It wouldn't have been the first time players have been fined for having their messages on their uniforms.

Last year, the NFL did fine Steelers cornerback William Gay for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness against domestic violence. His mother was killed in a domestic violence incident.

Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams was also fined last year for writing "We will find a cure" in his eyepaint after his mother died of breast cancer.

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