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Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz won’t be fined for 9/11 cleats — report

Beckham said he expected a fine, but the league will apparently give players a pass

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Odell Beckham’s 9/11 pre-game cleats. He also wore 9/11 cleats during the game.
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Odell Beckham Jr. said on Wednesday that he was expecting to be fined by the NFL for wearing 9/11 tribute cleats during Sunday’s season-opening game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"They'll probably fine me. They fine me for everything. They fine me for smiling,” Beckham said.

It looks, though, like Beckham and fellow New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who also wore 9/11 cleats on Sunday, will escape fines.

The NFL generally enforces a strict uniform policy, and wearing custom shoes that don’t conform to what the rest of your team wears is generally a violation. Here are examples of those rules and violations. Here is more on the rules regarding equipment.

The league announced earlier this week that players will geta one-week pass on uniform violations during Week 13 this season, when players will be allowed to promote a charitable cause of their choice on their uniforms.

No explanation has come from the league, but perhaps they realized that fining players — especially New York players — for marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster would have been in exceptionally poor taste.