Posted September 22, 2012

Alex Smith faces potential $15K fine from NFL for post-game Giants hat

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Alex Smith will be fined $15,000 the next time he wears a San Francisco Giants hat at a post game press conference. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Alex Smith may soon be the owner of a $15,000 hat.

If the San Francisco 49ers quarterback continues to show up to post-game press conferences donning a San Francisco Giants hat, he will be fined $15,000 by the NFL for violating a league policy on wearing non-sponsored gear 90 minutes before and after games, according to a report Wednesday from Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury-News:

If he does so again, he says he’ll be fined $15,000 by the NFL.

“Yeah, can you call Larry Baer for me?” Smith asked reporters in reference to the Giants’ chief executive.

The irony, according to Inman, is that it’s former 9′ers safety Merton Hanks, now an executive in the league office, who would impose the fine on Smith. In fact, the league already issued a $15,000 fine to Smith for wearing the hat but then retracted the penalty, opting instead to issue a warning; if he wears it again, he’ll be out $15,000.

And if he continues to wear it after every game for the rest of the reason, he will have had more $200,000 deducted from his $9 million salary.


28 comments
Greg Buck
Greg Buck

should've been wearing a New York Giants hat, since they own him now

Benjamin Davis
Benjamin Davis

There should really be exceptions, you know for the sort of thing that enforcing completely errodes public support for your organization.

 

FFS NFL, get a life. It made sense when Urlacher wore a Vitamin water hat, it doesn't when tom brady where a red sox hat or alex smith wears a giants cap.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

Someone from the Niners needs to have his back on this.  He's supporting a local team - we need more of that.  No non-sponsored gear can be worn by players for 90 minutes before or after a game?  Gee NFL, control freak much?

whyldlife
whyldlife

In an era when our heroes leap from team to team in search of paydays NFL wants to fine a guy for showing some local love? BS. NFL should pay San Francisco youth leagues for being aholes.

MarkDavid
MarkDavid

no money for officials though.........

EricLikesUfc
EricLikesUfc

Nice spelling there journalist..."sponsered' really?

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

I wonder if the players have to wear the Team Logo PJ when the go to sleep also,  They must wear the same uniforms during the game, but after, what time does the NFL let the players wear what they want too........

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

I understand the rules, but with something like this someone has too much free time on their hands. 

RobFalconer
RobFalconer

Maybe he should have put on a New Era 49'ers hat and it all would be fine.

sb
sb

only in America you can't wear what you want

 

Anis
Anis

Bullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

graphikzking
graphikzking

 @AF Whigs I'd like to see them just put the shirt over their shoulder or hat on their arm - they can say they aren't "wearing" it .. just carrying it. 

 

Then I'd like to see what the NFL can do/say about it. 

 

I understand some sponsorships for money - Gatorade, Nike, Reebok etc.. but not team athletics. 

JasonFowler
JasonFowler

 @MarkDavid

 They have money, they want pensions on top of their 401Ks.  Screw 'em

 

juiceman370
juiceman370

@EricLikesUfc The word sponsored is actually spelled right you dope! lol

laeva65
laeva65

 @RobertJacke after the game, the real clothing police report for duty.  Aathletes get paid big bucks for wearing a particular designer's clothes.  And if Giorgio sees Bobby Jocksniff wearing a suit by Hugo, the lawyers start their engines.

sanitarium869
sanitarium869

 @sb That is a ridiculous and moronic statement. These guys have contractual obligations, which they agreed to and signed up for in exchange for millions upon millions of dollars in compensation. The trade off is they ask for no non-sponsored apparel 90 min before or after a game. Not exactly a difficult rule to follow.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

Well, if this was Bob's Sports Blog it might slide.  But SI.com really shouldn't be posting articles with spelling errors.

RANDY6
RANDY6

i believe perhaps it is you that shall be the idiot, idiot. its the NFL with the "clothing" contract obligations. not the players. the league gets paid a pretty pennie to see to it that the players show their gear, players get none of that.

niickk77
niickk77

 @kjsilva21  @thechasm Just look at his last years stats. Hardly turned the ball over and was in the nfc championship game. Not the best but definitely above average. You're a big football fan lol.. 

kjsilva21
kjsilva21

 @thechasm   hahaha. He's already 7 years into his career and he finally has a decent QB rating.... after a whole 2 weeks of play......  Let me see him continue this for at least one season and we can talk, but let's not go anointing him the next great QB when he's been mediocre at best for his first 6 seasons. 

thechasm
thechasm

 @3219roxborosw Alex Smith is far from a average QB, ranked 2nd in the NFL in qb rating, stop talking outta your arse.

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

 @RANDY6 -shrug- I work for a large corporation and I can't show up for work in my preferred attire (shorts and a t-shirt) either. People in the military get even less choice regarding what they wear on the job. The NFL has a 90 minutes before and after rule where the player is still considered "on the clock" so to speak, so they have every right to dictate this sort of thing during that timeframe. 

3219roxborosw
3219roxborosw

"players get none of that" Alex SMith, an average QB, is being paid $9 million this season by the 49ers. The 49ers get most of their revenue from their split from the the NFL. Why do you think the NFL has so much money that the 49ers can take their split and pay Alex $9 million for one season of work? You don't have to be a genuis to follow this bouncing ball, my 2 year can figure this out!