The NFL has fined players and coaches for not following coronavirus protocols this season, which is a big deal during a pandemic. But they haven’t stopped slapping players with petty uniform violations.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER and running back JAMES CONNER were each fined $5,000 for wearing their SOCKS too low, or their pants too high.
JuJu shared a photo of the notice he received from the league, which said, quote, “Your stockings failed to cover your lower leg.” And he added, quote, “Don’t worry y’all, James got fined, too.” (Here’s a photo of the violation, and another.)
This isn’t the first time that a player has been fined for their socks, although infractions like these aren’t typically made public. In 2013, FRANK GORE was fined for wearing his socks wrong, but he had to shell out $10,000 for it.
The NFL rulebook states: “Stockings must cover the entire area from the shoe to the bottom of the pants, and must meet the pants below the knee.”
Both players could appeal the fine, but it probably isn’t worth their time. $5,000 won’t set them back too much, even though they’re both still on their rookie deals.