Sunday, November 13, 2011
Another footwear fine coming for Bennett?
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- Receiver Earl Bennett might be in line for another fine for violating the NFL’s uniform policy, once again wearing orange cleats in the Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions matchup at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Bennett was fined $5,000 for wearing orange cleats in Chicago’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
Bennett said last week that teammates warned him before the Eagles game of a potential fine for violating the NFL’s uniform code, but for the receiver, the penalty was worth it after missing five games with a torso injury.
He was willing to take a risk of a second-consecutive fine -- after a little encouragement from teammates.
“I asked two people in here should I wear them, and one of them was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll pay for [the fine].’ I ain’t gonna say who that person was, but that’s one of the reasons I wore them," Bennett said after hauling in six catches in the Bears' 37-13 win. "It was an offensive guy. I was talking to an offensive guy and I asked, ‘Hey, black [shoes or] orange [shoes]?’ They said, ‘Definitely orange, I’ll take care of it.’”
The mystery teammate is none other than Bennett's quarterback Jay Cutler.
When asked if he’d be picking up his favorite target’s fine, Cutler replied: “I know, thanks for bringing it up again so he probably gets fined again for sure. He asked me before the game ‘Yay or nay?’ I was like ‘Yeah, can’t back out now.’ This game took a little bit of a check out of my wallet.”
Bennett laughed when asked whether it was a former college teammate he was speaking to about the shoes. He said, “I don’t know, I can’t speak on it.”
“I don’t believe in superstition. I believe in hard work, dedication and just going out and making plays. That’s what it came down to.”