Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams wore eyeblack during a game earlier this month that contained the breast cancer awareness symbol along with the phrase “We will find a cure”. Williams told NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala on Wednesday that he was fined for violating the league’s uniform policy.
Per Kinkhabwala, the NFL also fined Steelers cornerback William Gay for wearing purple cleats, just as he did last October. Purple is associated with campaigns to raise awareness against domestic violence. Gay’s mother was killed in an incident of domestic violence.
On Wednesday, Gay told Kinkhabwala that he knows he broke a rule, but that he hopes the NFL will give his fine to a cause that supports an end to domestic violence.
Gay also hopes that the NFL will relax its standards and possibly give the players one week during the season during which they can support various causes and groups that are important to them. The purple cleats Gay wore were officially licensed NFL cleats, though they belonged to the Vikings, per Kinkhabwala, which is why Gay incurred the fine.
William Gay very frankly told me: “I broke the rule.” Said he hopes the NFL will send his entire fine to a domestic violence cause.
â Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala)
October 28, 2015
The NFL has yet to respond to a request for comment.