Dorial Green-Beckham Wore Cleats For A Charity That Wasn’t Real
George Costanza doesn't have much to be proud of, but darn it, he would love the effort from Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham.
The second year receiver, participating in the My Cause, My Cleats initiative, allowing players to wear cleats depicting a cause or bringing awareness to a cause they cared about without facing league discipline, was fined nonetheless by the league for wearing cleats depicting a charity that did not exist.
Green-Beckham was seen wearing the "Yeezy 350" cleats, designed by controversial hip-hop artist Kanye West, claiming he was representing the "Yeezy Foundation", which has no record of ever existing. Despite giving the players freedom to to showcase their cause or charity as they pleased, the cleat customization still had to be approved by the NFL.
Green-Beckham isn't the first receiver to penalized for wearing the cleats created by the outspoken West, as DeAndre Hopkins was fined early in the season, amounting to $6,076, equally Green-Beckham's fine.
Green-Beckham's efforts are of course inspired by Costanza, the weasely character portrayed by Jason Alexander in the classic NBC sitcom Seinfeld. In the holiday-inspired episode "The Festivus", ironically also taking place during Christmas time, George, seeking to escape Christmas gift-giving, instead "gifting" his co-workers a donation in their name to a charity known as "The Human Fund". The plan backfires when George's boss donates a sizable check to the faux charity, which "operates" under the slogan "Money For People".
So memo to anyone from the Browns and Titans, who participate in the cleats campaign this week as they were both on bye the week before, customizing their cleats for this week....apparently donating your cause to broke loudmouthed musicians is not a worthy cause.
The new was first reported by Tim McManus of ESPN.com.
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