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

Johnny Manziel Sent Home Early From Manning Camp

Johnny Manziel Sent Home Early From Manning CampTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner but he couldn’t make it through the 2013 Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., as he was reportedly sent home due to illness, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com.

‘Feeling ill’

Many of the best quarterbacks that college football has to offer were in Thibodaux for the camp, run by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and their father, Archie Manning. Manziel, however, didn’t complete the camp.

Manziel reportedly missed some assigned meetings and practice sessions as a college coach and counselor. According to Mortensen, the Manning Academy released a statement explaining the situation:

Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach. After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early.


‘Negative stories’

This statement comes on the heels of rumors that Manziel was actually sent home for staying out late the night before and showing up tardy to practice sessions. According to Northwestern State Demons play-by-play announcer and CBS Sports personality Patrick Netherton, the rumors appear to have some credibility, although Manning Academy officials have since denied them.

There is no question that Manziel is one of the most talented college football players in recent memory, but his reputation has taken serious hits as negative stories have surfaced.

Do you think Johnny Manziel was sent home early from the Manning Camp because of illness? Or was it something else?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News