Thursday, October 25, 2012
Earl Bennett fined for cleats
Earl Bennett said he probably would not have worn orange cleats if Brandon Marshall had not agreed to wear them.
The NFL has fined Chicago Bears receiver Earl Bennett $10,500 for wearing orange cleats in Monday night's 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field, Bennett confirmed to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson.
Brandon Marshall also wore orange cleats, but it's not certain if he was fined.
Bennett told ESPNChicago.com that he plans to appeal the fine because he wore pink shoelaces as part of the NFL's effort to raise awareness about breast cancer during the month of October.
Bennett was fined twice last season for a total of $15,000 for wearing the cleats. At the time, the league said if Bennett wore the shoelaces for three straight games he would get called for a delay of game penalty and would be ejected.
He did not risk the further sanctions last year, but when he came to Soldier Field on Monday, he was persuaded to wear them again.
"It actually came about when I walked in the locker room (before the game), and because I had them in my bag, and I wasn't sure if I was going to wear them," Bennett said Monday. "Then Brandon Marshall was like, 'Let's wear them.' So I just put them on. I probably wouldn't have worn them if he wouldn't have agreed to it."
Bennett caught three passes for 27 yards on Monday night.