Robert Griffin III Fined $10K For ‘Operation Patience’ Shirt

Robert Griffin III Fined $10K For 'Operation Patience' ShirtWashington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn’t been able to take a single snap yet this season, but he has already reportedly earned himself a $10,000 fine.

‘Apparel violation’

The NFL has not officially fined the second-year quarterback, but the Washington Post‘s Mark Maske reports he will be punished for an “apparel violation”: As Maske notes, players are only authorized to wear certain apparel during game days when “they are visible to the stadium and television audiences.”

It’s still unclear as to how RGIII exactly broke the rule, but he was spotted wearing an “Operation Patience” shirt while warming up before Monday night’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers“Operation Patience” is the term that the young quarterback has coined and taken on during his comeback from knee surgery back in January.

‘Not trademarked’

This will mark the second time he has been hit with the exact same punishment, as the league, which only authorizes Nike apparel, hit him with another $10,000 fine for wearing Adidas apparel to a postgame press conference last December.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the “Operation Patience” shirt is not trademarked by Adidas, the company that endorses Griffin.

Do you think NFL will catch RGIII again with another apparel violation? By the way, what do you think of his “Operation Patience” shirt? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us via the comment box below!

Source: Tim Keeney | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated

ESPN Boots Hugh Douglas After Altercation With Michael Smith

ESPN Boots Hugh Douglas After Altercation With Michael SmithMichael Smith and former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas acted as adversaries on the ESPN show Numbers Never Lie, but after their on-screen relationship led to a public altercation, the network reportedly made the decision to part ways with Douglas.

‘Very disappointed’

Douglas subsequently expressed his thoughts about the situation on Twitter:

“I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time”

This move stems from an incident that reportedly occurred a couple weeks ago. According to Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead, Douglas instigated a situation with his co-host Smith at an Orlando party on Aug. 2.

‘Racial slurs’

An inebriated Douglas allegedly threatened to attack Smith on three occasions when Smith refused to help him get on the DJ stage at the Orlando House of Blues. The incident didn’t stop there, as Douglas reportedly threw racial slurs toward Smith, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and a “House N—-,” per McIntyre’s report.

An ESPN representative who witnessed the incident reportedly spoke with Douglas, which prompted Douglas to leave the establishment.

Douglas had been held off Numbers Never Lie since the alleged altercation. According to Deitsch, an ESPN spokesperson made the move official through a brief statement: “He no longer works for us effective today.”

Was letting Hugh Douglas go a wise move for ESPN? Who do you think will replace him?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Grid