The NFL did it. After Alvin Kamara told the league he was expecting fines, they followed through and fined him $5,000 for his different colored cleats.
Alvin Kamara had one of the best running performances in NFL history on Christmas Day against the Minnesota Vikings.
In a dominant 52-point display by the New Orleans Saints, Kamara got in the endzone an insane six times. He almost tacked on another one, but the ball was given and driven in the endzone by Taysom Hill.
Following the best game of his career, Kamara expected some fines. He even said, per Bleacher Report, “If they fine me, I’ll just match it and send it to charity. The grinch always tries to steal Christmas.”
The grinch (the NFL) did it. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league will be fining Kamara $5,000.
Kamara will likely uphold his end of the bargain as well, but this is just another example of something that needs to change within the league. Obviously, they have their standards, but fans of the NFL want to see things like the Christmas colored cleats.
As Pelissero notes, it was “probably worth it,” especially since Kamara went off for a career-high 155 rushing yards. He neared 200 all-purpose yards as he also had 17 receiving yards on three receptions.
Kamara was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his stunning performance as well.
That said, don’t think that others around the league didn’t notice the fine handed to the four-time Pro Bowl back. Safety Tyronn Mathieu got in on the action on Twitter as well.
To be fair though, those cleats are worth a $5,000 fine. They are seriously sweet colors, and the sale of those alone could’ve made a difference for a charity and easily covered whatever amount of fine the NFL could’ve slapped on the running back.
Kamara crushed it, and it makes things a bit sweeter that the fine is coming after the league’s best running back helped clinch the division for the Saints, setting an NFC South record for four straight divisional titles by New Orleans.
The fine is a slap on the wrist and a disappointing one at that.