Posted August 22, 2013

Robert Griffin III reportedly fined $10K for ‘Operation Patience’ shirt

NFC East, Washington Redskins
This fine represents Robert Griffin III's second clothing-related penalty.

This fine represents Robert Griffin III’s second clothing-related penalty. (Icon SMI)

The NFL is always watching. Robert Griffin III again learned that lesson the hard way, as he reportedly was hit with a $10,000 fine for sporting an “Operation Patience” shirt while working out on the field prior to Washington’s Monday night preseason game with Pittsburgh.

According to the Washington Post, Griffin was hit with the punishment for “wearing unauthorized apparel” — the NFL prohibits its players from donning any non-league-approved gear once they hit the field on gamedays.

Griffin also took a $10,000 hit last season, when he wore Adidas clothing to a postgame press conference. The NFL’s official equipment sponsor is Nike.
 “Operation Patience” is a not-at-all veiled reference to Griffin’s return from the knee injury he suffered last playoffs. Griffin just recently began participating in full 11-on-11 drills with the Redskins at training camp, but he has yet to receive clearance for preseason game action. The latter has become a bit of a point of contention between Griffin and head coach Mike Shanahan, as Griffin has lobbied to see the field. Shanahan has stated that there is “no possibility” Griffin will play before Week 1 of the regular season.

33 comments
dmorrisssey
dmorrisssey

I hate it when Goodell fines people for making clean hard hits. I hate it even more when he fines them for clothing.

Andrew Hamm
Andrew Hamm

The No Fun League is in midseason form, I see.

I wonder how much advertising revenue the RGIII rehab story has made the league this summer.

DumbDadNU87
DumbDadNU87

Somewhere Jim McMahon is shaking his head and smiling. - What do you think a "GOODELL" Headband would cost a player?

duckfan59
duckfan59

The NFL needs to unclench their butt cheeks and lighten up.

RichLGerhold
RichLGerhold

Next the NFL will be fining players who don't have enough "official poop" in their shorts after games.

Ellery M
Ellery M

Totally ridiculous!.. The NFL needs to worry about more important things than a player wearing a t-shirt they don't approve of!.. Sounds like Communism has reached the NFL!

Ciscos
Ciscos

$10,000 for wearing an "unauthorized tshirt" on the field. Well damn. The NFL checking the type of underwear he wears too?

Quotidien
Quotidien

Redskins 7-9 this season. Shanahan vs RGIII will explode

jason2
jason2

bob is a self centered cornball brother

sugaslim
sugaslim

who gets the 10 large?? just wondering.....free advertising for operation patience and theyll probably pay him 50 large...makes sense to me

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

It's always been obvious that someone at the NFL office has too much free time on their hands to worry about what t-shirt someone is wearing before a PRESEASON game. 

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

The part I find hilarious is that he's wearing the t-shirt, then a thinly veiled headband that pretty clearly has an Adidas logo under it.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I understand that RGIII is trying to make a point. And I also know that he can afford the fine.  And while it shows a little immaturity, he is still very young. So, if he is okay with it, then he can tell the NFL to bite it. 

effeweall
effeweall

RG3 is the 2nd best QB on his team.  Once the novelty is over he can fade into oblivion.

RahmelBland
RahmelBland

I'm not surprised. This is the same league that told Peyton Manning they'd fine him if he wore black cleats to honor Johnny Unitas after he passed away. What a bunch of tools.

DudeDad
DudeDad

The NFL is silly...for another $11,000, RG3 could have nailed a receiver!

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I am SOOO enthralled to know the NFL has their priorities in order... How about finding better equipment to stop player's brains from liquefying every time it smashes against their skull, How about the NFL worry about former NFL players, some living in utter squalor and destitute compared to their modern brethrens while the NFL's multi billion dollar conglomerate rolls on.

SteelCity
SteelCity

Yet another example of NFL's arcane self interest protectionist policies. And this was not even a legitimate game...its preseason...

What if a player wore a Salute to Our Veterans T shirt and these NFL clowns dropped their policy on that player....

I for one, will not be watching any NFL games this year...too much NFL craziness and too little "football".

NFL has dropped the ball on this one.

JJRR
JJRR

@sugaslim I believe all the money from player fines gets donated to charity.

Scobie
Scobie

@doublejtrain68If you just paid a gazillion dollars for NFL players to wear your clothing line and you find out they are wearing clothing from someone else, wouldn't you be calling the NFL office up and telling them to address the situation or you want your money back?

Bad1v
Bad1v

@effeweall I have read some dumb things here but your comment wins 1st place in the dumb category.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@DudeDad With a perfectly legal hit, I might add. If Goodell doesn't get a grip he's going to kill the golden goose he inherited.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler  Not a fan of the t-shirt fines by any means, but stopping brains from smashing around inside skulls can only be stopped by not playing the game.  No helmet can protect the inside of the human head.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@JoeCabot

I was being a bit sarcastic i know you cannot prevent it fully but there are helmets design to reduced it greatly but the NFL wont implement them probably because the helmets look terrible... but they are effective. Do you remember Mark Kelso former Buffalo Bill he had major concussion issues but was able to continue his career wearing one of those helmets  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler I remember the Kelso helmet.  But the concussions are not caused by what happens on the outside of the skull but what happens on the inside.  The brain does not stop moving when the rest of the body is stopped dead in its track, but continues its journey to the side of the cranium.  As the players get bigger and faster, concussions will be more prevalent regardless of equipment changes.  But back to your original thought - the constant fines for t-shirts, socks worn too low, celebrating, and the entire litany of inane rules have gotten past the point of being ridiculous.  The NFL is a snapshot of our society, where some self-proclaimed elites have deemed themselves smart enough to be able to tell us how to live each and every minute of our day.