William Gay Cleats Fine
via Denny Medley for USA Today Sports

by Brendan Dunne

William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the latest NFL player to get hit with a fine for wearing the wrong color of cleats.

Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that Gay was fined $5,787 today for his recent wear of a Nike Alpha Pro 2 TD in a purple/yellow scheme that doesn't match with the colors of his team. Gay wore the purple shoes to raise awareness for domestic violence, and says that he knows he broke the rule and he's not angry about it. The cause is a close one for Gay, whose mother was killed in an act of domestic violence.

Kinkhabwala says that Gay is asking the NFL to relax its footwear policy for one weekend in the season to let players support a cause of their choice. 

The sneakers in question are a NIKEiD creation and were recently posted by Gay himself on his Instagram.


Last game to wear my purple cleat..... They so clean tho #domesticviolence #hopeline #verizonwireless #nomore

A photo posted by William Gay (@southcity22) on

via Pro Football Talk