New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara will shell out just over $6,000 for donning a pair of Christmas-themed cleats during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite the harsh fine, Kamara insists that he would do it all over again.
Kamara took to Twitter on Thursday morning to share a picture of the letter he received from NFL announcing the hefty fine levied upon him for daring to rock a pair of red kicks that were designed in the style of Christmas stockings, ESPN reported.
‘‘Tis the season
“I told everybody what I was gonna do after the game,” he said. “I’m gonna make a GoFundMe. I’m gonna find like a charity, maybe something that gets shoes for underprivileged kids or maybe something like a little league team out here that needs some cleats and donate the rest of the money to a team or something like that. I mean, the Grinch stole Christmas.”
Social media users were abuzz with criticism for the NFL, which has found itself in some former fans’ crosshairs in the wake of the kneeling controversy that has seen dozens of players sit out the national anthem as a form of protest against police brutality.
However, Kamara’s fine likely stems from a strict interpretation of the NFL rules that prohibit players from wearing cleats that do not match his team colors. Kamara noted that he was warned at halftime about his breach of the rules, but not even the threat of a significant fine could dissuade him from showing off his new shoes.