For New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, his Christmas cleats were a way to show a little holiday spirit while playing football, but for the NFL, it was a gross violation of their rules and deserving of a hefty fine. How hefty? Six thousand smackeroos, according to ESPN.
“‘Tis the season,” Kamara wrote sarcastically after receiving the $6,000 fine and before expressing that he didn’t regret his decision to wear the Santa shoes.
Conservative commentator Sean Hannity’s tweet went viral when he pointed out a glaring hypocrisy with the NFL’s decision.
Other people on social media were quick to come to Kamara’s defense as well.
Kamara later responded to the fine by saying, "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."
And he did create the GoFundMe page on Thursday, specifying that he would donate all proceeds to the “Willie Hall playgrounds recreational department to provide cleats for their youth football programs.”
As of 2:44 p.m. Eastern, the charity fundraiser had brought in $4,458 of its $5,000 goal. It appears Kamara will be paying the $6,000 cleat fine out of his own pocket.
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