Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was told he’d have to remove custom Muhammad Ali cleats before he could step on the field.
In the second quarter of the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers game, an NFL equipment supervisor threatened to pull Antonio Brown out of the game for being in violation of the league uniform policy.
Brown wore customized Muhammad Ali cleats for the Steelers’ first two drives. He was forced to change them in order to reenter the game for Pittsburgh’s third drive. Who knew league equipment guys wielded such authority?
Brown’s cleats have made headlines recently. He wore customized Arnold Palmer cleats to honor the late golf legend last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Those cleats were in line with league rules.
Seemingly overnight, the NFL has gone from fining players they found in violation of the uniform policy, to being able to remove or restrict them from football games. Roger Goodell’s No Fun League continues to write its own rules in real time.