Flashy orange cleats draw $5,000 fine for Earl Bennett

Earl Bennett will think twice about making a fashion statement again this week.

The Chicago Bears wide receiver missed five consecutive games with a chest injury, and wanted to come out in style for Monday night’s game at Philadelphia. A little too much style.

Bennett, who caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 30-24 victory, was fined $5,000 by the NFL for wearing orange cleats. It was a violation of the league’s uniform code.

“It’s right here,” said Bennett, picking up the fine notification out of his locker. “I pretty much knew I was going to get a fine. It’s cool. I’ve been out for a long time. I wanted to come out with the orange. I’m not really worried about the fine.”

Money the NFL collects from fines goes to charities chosen by the league. It turns into a tax-deductible donation.

Bennett will have to think twice about kicking it with his orange cleats again.

“I don’t know,” he said. “They say they will double the fine. So, it would be 10 grand and I don’t think my wife would like that.”

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