NFL reportedly threatened to eject Marshawn Lynch over gold cleats

SEATTLE  The NFL and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch have a fine relationship, if you don't count the fines for being unavailable to the media, crotch grabbing and whatnot.

The league wasn't thrilled to hear that Lynch planned to wear $1,100 gold Nike cleats in the NFC championship game, and reportedly threatened to eject him from the game if he wore them. Alas, Lynch came out in pregame warmups with normal Seahawks neon green cleats.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported on the pregame show about the ejection threat. Apparently fining Lynch (who was fined $100,000 earlier this season for not speaking to the media and $11,050 for grabbing his crotch while diving into the end zone for a touchdown) wasn't enough of a threat, so the NFL went all out with the ejection threat.

It's unfortunate, because we miss out on seeing these babies on the field:

Ah, the No Fun League strikes again. It would have been a uniform violation, because solid gold is not one of the approved colors for the Seahawks' shoes. But if the goal was for Nike to get free publicity, well it worked like a charm.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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