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NFL threatens to fine Alex Smith if he wears San Francisco Giants hat again

Last season, Alex Smith enjoyed showing his support for San Francisco’s baseball team by wearing a Giants hat to some of his postgame press conferences. Although professional athletes didn’t necessarily grow up in the area where they are playing and have allegiances to other teams, fans like to see the symmetry — hence why Tom Brady heard so much grief over this wardrobe selection. However, the NFL has warned Smith that he will be fined $15,000 if he does it again.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the NFL’s dress code mandates that players wear sponsored gear during the 90 minutes before and after games. Since a Giants hat is non-sponsored gear, Smith is not permitted to wear it.

“Yeah, can you call (Giants chief executive) Larry Baer for me?” Smith joked when reporters suggested that he ask the Giants to pay the fine.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that the NFL actually did fine Smith $15,000 for wearing the hat last year but decided to rescind the fine and leave him with a warning. Smith also let reporters know that he is aware of the Giants’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot and didn’t sound like a man who intends to change his postgame wardrobe. And that, my friends, it what loyalty is all about. And wealth…

H/T NBC Bay Area
Photo courtesy of @SFGiantsFans



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  • SpinMax

    No Fun League

  • JamesT32

    Perhaps, but hell if they’d get $15,000 of my money just so I could make a point few are going to care about in the end.  Very easy to wear a Niners cap to the press conference and swap it out for the Giants cap on the drive home to the mansion.

  • SteveDelVecchio

    I thought rules were rules, Spin? :-)

  • SpinMax

     I never said that Alex Smith should be fired, Goddell should be fired, everyone should be fired, this is awful, end of the world, he shouldn’t be fined, torches and pitchforks, blah blah blah…. I’m just saying I don’t like the rule so much. Nice try to compare the two scenarios, though. Thanks for listening.

  • jesus

    This one is easy.

     Just wait make the loser/reporters  wait for 90 minutes for the postgame press conference.

  • gamarino

    I don’t think it’s about the Giants hat, if you don’t have a rule then who knows what some of these players will wear?! Language, gang related gear, porn?? They have to draw the line somewhere because once again these professional athletes can’t govern themselves, besides, most company’s have some sort of a dress code.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B6EEKVZZQJ25HSQW64Z6YLVOFI big dan teague

    How about drawing the line at offensive attire and then defining what offensive is?  I hardly see a Giants cap being reason for a fine.

  • gamarino

    Hey Big dan,

    Defining offensive is the problem, schools, businesses, even walking in public are areas that struggle with that. So the NFL mandates sponsered gear for 90 min. B4, during, and 90 min. after game appearances. It’s a bit resrictive but it eliminates all the gray area of defining offensive, which as we all know is individual taste, so you see it’s not about the cap, they just don’t want to open up the can of worms of passing judgement on personal tastes, the players know the rules.