Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall expected to receive a fine for wearing green cleats against the New York Giants last Thursday night, and the league delivered its love letter right on schedule. Marshall, who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, chose to wear the green shoes to bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.
Marshall knew the cleats were against the NFL’s uniform policy, but he vowed to wear them anyway and match any fine the league levied against him with a donation to charity. On Wednesday morning, he shared a photo of the letter the league sent him informing him of his penalty.
Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised. pic.twitter.com/P9GNygFpH9
— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) October 16, 2013
Marshall lit up New York’s secondary on Thursday, catching nine passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. His shoes were mentioned on the NFL Network broadcast several times, and he later auctioned them off for $2,150 and donated that money as well. For someone who is playing under roughly a $50 million contract, the money Marshall had to pay the league was well worth it. He more than accomplished his goal.
Photo: Instagram/Brandon Marshall