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Bears' Lance Briggs Says He Will Wear 9/11-Inspired Cleats, Gloves Despite Possible Fine
Published September 9, 2011
OPENING PANDORA'S BOX? ESPN's Skip Bayless said, "When an NFL game starts, that uniform code must be enforced. It must be held sacred, or you’ll open a Pandora’s Box of all sorts of players deciding to commemorate or honor whatever issue or memory that they so choose. It could be religious, it could be political, it could be anything. You just can’t let one start because how do you say ‘no’ to the next one and ‘no’ to the next one" ("First Take," ESPN2, 9/9). ESPN's Greenberg: "I understand both sides of it because I could see … some players might try to make some sort of statement that might not be what everyone wants to see. I don’t know how anyone would be offended by someone wearing red, white and blue cleats, but I could see certain things that someone might do that could offend some people." ESPN's Mike Golic asked, "As a player, do you need to take it to that extreme? Some players feel they need to do that. They do it because they want to be patriotic, they do it because they want the attention, who knows what the reason could be. This is such an emotional thing, what this weekend stands for. The league’s response will be interesting to me.” Greenberg said he believes the NFL will "do what they always do: I think they will very quietly fine Lance Briggs and any other players that do things like that.” But he added that all "fine money gathered for that day should go to 9/11 charities” ("Mike & Mike in the Morning," ESPN Radio, 9/9).