The NFL seems to run a tight ship, or at least it’s boasting the image. Let’s flashback to a week ago when Pittsburg Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward wrote “Iron Head” on his eye black. He did this for his late father, who passed at the age of 39 from cancer, and who’s nickname was indeed Ironhead. He wrote Iron under one eye and Head under the other and the NFL fined Heyward $5,787 for this atrocity…
But now this past weekend, when the fine didn’t seem to phase Cam. He came out again with the same eye black. Good for you champ! See money doesn’t matter, this is solely on principle. It would be understood if he wrote something vulgar but to fine a player for paying respect to his father in a way that affects no one in the game, thats unbelievable. For this awesome rebellion Heyward now has a fine of $11,567. We salute you Heyward!
— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) October 14, 2015
In October, the NFL partners with the American Cancer Society, unveiling pink merchandise, uniforms and paint schemes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Generously enough 100% of proceeds from pink NFL merchandise sales goes to breast cancer research. Just kidding, actually only 8% goes to research… That is sickening, the amount of greed openly portrayed is embarrassing.
The NFL has made it clear that its breast cancer awareness campaign doesn’t go past October 31st. But Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, who lost his mother and four aunts to breast cancer, had requested to wear pink on his uniform for the remainder of the year in honor of his mother. Generously the NFL agreed! No wait, again, just kidding, the NFL denied his request to support his family and breast cancer by wearing pink.
“There are a lot of other things we could be worried about,” Heyward said last week, according to ESPN. “Guys want to do right by the league. They don’t want to upset anybody. I do it to honor somebody, DeAngelo does it to honor somebody, it shouldn’t be taken to offense by anybody. We’re not trying to gain publicity by it. We grew up in this game loving it. To be a part of it is a blessing, but I want to honor [my dad].”
In the NFL’s defense:
Section 4, Article 8 reads: “Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience… 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.”
The NFL is doing a great job making itself look good this year… Just incase you didn’t know, again… Just Kidding.