NFL fines Alvin Kamara $6000 for his Christmas cleats
Well, the NFL has proven it has no Christmas spirit. After New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara chose to wear Christmas-themed cleats for a Christmas Eve game against the Falcons, the NFL, aka "The Grinch" sent him a letter of admonishment and a fine for breaking uniform regulations. At just over $6000, the fine was probably meant more to send a message than to punish Kamara.
The cleats were designed like traditional red Christmas stockings, complete with jingle bells and an embroidered "Alvin" on the cuff. In a post-game interview, Kamara knew that there was a good chance that he’d receive a fine for his cleats. During the interview, he said he would launch a GoFundMe page to pay for any fine, and all remaining proceeds after paying the fine would be donated to charity. The page was set up with a $5K goal, of which $2,222 has been donated. Kamara chose the Willie Hall playgrounds Recreational Department to buy, of course, cleats for the youth football programs.
The cleats didn’t distract the team from staying focused on the field. The Saints shot down the Falcons, 23-13. With the win, they clinched an NFC playoff berth for the first time since 2013. Since they’ve already made the playoffs, their final game on New Year’s Eve against the Bucs in Tampa Bay is all but irrelevant.