Colin Kaepernick Fined $10,000 For Wearing Wrong Headphones, Continues 49ers Outlaw Headwear Tradition
Our first official victim in the Great NFL Headphones Purge seems to be Colin Kaepernick, who was informed today that the NFL will fine him $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones during a post-game press conference this past Sunday. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported that Kaepernick told him of the fine today.
Well, at least they were pink.
When asked if he or Beats by Dre would pay the fine, Kaepernick answered, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”
The NFL recently entered into a new sponsorship deal with Bose to provide all headsets used on sidelines during games.
Under terms of the league’s agreement with Bose, no other brand of headsets can be worn by players during TV interviews up to 90 minutes after games have ended.
— вιg ¢ιту (@gnarvin) October 9, 2014
But 49ers fans don't think of this as a setback -- they consider it tradition. In September of 2012, then-starting Niners quarterback Alex Smith was slapped with a $15,000 fine for wearing a San Francisco Giants cap during his post-game press conference following a win over the Lions. Smith had worn the hat several times during the 2011 season as well. But he was given a last-minute reprieve by the league, and told the fine wouldn't be in effect unless he did it again. (The 49ers promptly lost the following week, 24-13, at Minnesota).
That was the year that the Giants were making their second World Series run, and there was some talk of the baseball team picking up Smith's fines through the end of October. But cooler heads prevailed, and Smith put his SF cap in the closet.
— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) October 9, 2014
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