NFL Fines Player for Wearing Christmas Cleats , But Kneeling Is Still OK

The NFL fined running back Alvin Kamara for wearing red Santa Christmas cleats this week. Kamara showed off his letter from “the Grinch” on Thursday — a fine from the NFL for wearing his red Christmas-themed cleats during last Sunday’s 23-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Kamara said the fine was for $6,079.

“Yeah, they were worth it,” the New Orleans Saints rookie running back said before digging around in his locker to find the envelope he received from the league.

“I told everybody what I was gonna do after the game. I’m gonna make a GoFundMe [fundraising page]. 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.”

Kamara’s cleats were designed to look like red Christmas stockings, but players know that they’ll be fined if they wear cleats that don’t match their team colors. Kamara said he was warned at halftime but said he wasn’t going to take them off at that point.

The New Orleans Saints rookie running back set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the fine, the proceeds of which he’ll donate to charity for a belated Christmas present to those in need.

Kamara will use what money comes into the project to help out the Willie Hall Playground, based in New Orleans.

“Unfortunately The Grinch stole Christmas!!” Kamara wrote on his GoFundMe page.

“After the game I said that I would make a gofundme for the fine and donate the proceeds to charity sooooo…. here we are! A donation will be made to Willie Hall playgrounds recreational department to provide cleats for their youth football programs.”

After just 12 hours online, more than $4,600 had been raised from 220 people.