Clay Matthews fined $10,000 for wearing white cleats

Just call him Clay “White Shoes” Matthews.

The Packers’ star linebacker donned a pair of white cleats during last Monday night’s game against the Falcons. His fashion statement, though aesthetically pleasing, didn’t go over so well with the league office.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Matthews was fined $10,000 for wearing the white cleats — classified as a uniform violation.

Oof is right.

It’s unclear why Matthews was docked such a significant amount. First-time violators of the uniform policy are subject to $5,512 in fines, per the NFL’s guidelines.

Put it this way: Kicking or delivering a late hit on an opponent apparently is less severe than rocking off-color cleats.

Weird business, that NFL.

Zack Kelberman
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  • naplestom

    Now this is serious stuff! What an edge Clay will have over the opposing offense when he wears white shoes. Why doesn’t the NFL go after the real criminals that play and ban them for life.

    • lmb0705

      yup, seems pretty petty. i suppose someone who makes quite a bit of money made that decision. yeah….late hit, chop block, low block, that could end a career is less. wonder if it has to do with equipment contracts between the NFL and the makers? But he looked GREAT in those cleats. meh

  • Manfred_J

    If Goodell made the decision, it’s money.