No Fun League: Alvin Kamara receives uniform violations fine for festive cleats

John Sigler
·1 min read

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. The NFL issued a $5,000 fine to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara after he wore unapproved cleats in Week 16’s blockbuster win over the Minnesota Vikings — appropriate to the Christmas Day scheduling as his red-and-green ensemble may have been, the humorless worker drones in the league office didn’t hesitate to go after him, citing the NFL uniform violations policy.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero first reported news of the fine, which was confirmed by Nola.com’s Amie Just.

Ironically, highlights from Kamara’s all-time-great performance against Minnesota will probably be used for years to promote future NFL prime-time games. It’s not every day that someone scores half a dozen touchdowns in a single game, much less as a runner (it hadn’t happened in 91 years, for those keeping score at home). So either the NFL’s marketing department will have to crop out the offending footwear or blithely turn a blind eye to the hypocrisy of it all.

Anyway: this isn’t unexpected. Kamara said previously that he would accept whatever fine the league throws at him and match it in a charitable donation, so some good will come of it. Considering his efforts have already drawn over $21,000 for a charity close to him in thanks from Saints fans and fantasy football managers, well, it’s great to see Kamara embracing the spirit of the season.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Tampa Bay
+140+3O 51.5
New Orleans
-167-3U 51.5