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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Alex Smith's Giants Cap: $15,000 Fine Could Have Been Much Worse

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:59 AM

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Yesterday, 49ers whipping boy-turned-golden boy Alex Smith revealed the National Football League nearly whipped its share of gold out of him. He was threatened with a $15,000 fine for wearing a San Francisco Giants cap during postgame interviews, a move that dates back to last season -- and, yes, warmed the hearts of local fans.

The league backed off on the fine, so this can be considered a Giant admonishment. Still, it's unlikely Smith will be wearing his lucky black-and-orange cap during the 90 minutes following games, when all but officially branded NFL merchandise is verboten.

Now, $15,000 buys a lot of pretzels. It's 15 times the penalty Brian Wilson had to pay for waddling around in orange shoes. But it's also a fraction of the $100,000 fine levied upon Brian Urlacher for donning an unacceptable chapeau.

In fact, you'd be surprised at how expensive a sartorial misstep can be for an NFL player:

See also:

San Franciscans Dumbstruck by Alex Smith's VitaminWater Ads

Shaun Hill Named 49ers Starting QB -- On Team of Russian Nesting Dolls

Per the now-defunct website

The NFL collects fines immediately [which are] then returned after an appeal or settlement.

Fines range from $5,000 to $25,000. Wearing a college hat on the field is an example of a $25,000 violation.

Foreign Substances on Body/Uniform is $10,000 or $15,000 (Additional fines may be imposed on team management and coaching staffs for condoning, permitting, etc., violations in this area.)

Other Uniform/Equipment uniform violation is $5,000 or $10,000

 On Field violation fines increase for all playoff games (as of 01/2011): First Offense: $50,000, Second Offense: $75,000

On Field violation fines increase for Pro Bowl (as of 01/2011): $50,000

Super Bowl uniform violation: $100,000. On Field Preseason and Regular Season uniform violation: $10,000 or $20,000. NFL player fine money is split evenly among four organizations: the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center, ALSO Neuromuscular Research Foundation and the NFLPA Player Assistance Trust.

The real question is: When will the NFL prosecute this guy?

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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