Saints linebacker Demario Davis wore a headband during the first three weeks of the regular season that read "Man of God" across the top. Photos also show him wearing the headband during preseason games as well. But heading into Week 4, Davis said the league fined him for the apparel.
Saints Linebacker Demario Davis says the NFL fined him $7,000 for wearing his "Man of God" headband. pic.twitter.com/z6XXOLrdJD
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In his post, Davis asked, "Should I continue to wear it, or nah?" He received several messages telling him to continue wearing it, but he opted out of wearing it in Week 4. He was fined $7,017 after Week 3 and the minimum fine for a second offense is $14,037.
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According to Davis, his headband fell under the "personal messages" article in the NFL rulebook.
"I don't think a lot of people were aware of the policy that was in place — I wasn't even fully aware of it," Davis told The Times-Picayune. "I just wanted to put it out and just kind of help fans who care about the game understand a more intricate part of the game."
Here's what the NFL rulebook says about personal messages:
Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the ﬁeld), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items afﬁxed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, and non-controversial; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a speciﬁc team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.
Since Davis is no longer allowed the wear the headband, he's decided to sell it and donate the proceeds to charity or a Christian organization.
"I can't wear it and represent God and glorify him," Davis told The Times-Picayune. "It's something that's important to me so I'm just tryin[......]