New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis said on Instagram he was fined $7,000 for a "Man of God" headband — and then asked his followers on the social media platform if he should keep wearing it.
"Should I continue to wear it, or nah?" he wrote, adding that folks can buy their own Man of God or Woman of God headbands, which will benefit a hospital.
'What a beautiful testimony!'
A cursory look at responses seemed clear — Davis' followers appear to be all for the headband:
- "What a beautiful testimony! Wear it, and be proud! We are the family of Christ, if we don't stand up for him, who will?"
- "You should be commended not fined. Love NFL football but the hypocrisy by the commissioner is biggest bunch of garbage ... a lot of [us] fans regardless of favorite team or player appreciate you wearing that. God bless you."
- "Yes!! Do what you believe in. God will take care of everything!! I admire you for showing your faith."
- "Wear it!! You rock."
- "Keep wearing it brother. Honor God here on earth, and he will remember you in eternity."
- "Rock on! It is ur right and freedom of speech to express your a man of God!"
NOLA.com said the fine came after a game against the Seattle Seahawks in September. The outlet added that the NFL's fine schedule indicates that "personal messages" on uniforms are subject to fines, and that the minimum fine for a first offense is $7,017 and the minimum fine for a second offense is $14,037.
Davis didn't wear his "Man of God" headband against the Dallas Cowboys two weekends ago, NOLA.com noted in a follow-up story.
"Of course, you don't want to be fined," he told the outlet. "Nobody wants to lose money, but I think any time that the conversation about God is brought up, especially in these times, I think it's always a positive or silver lining. If he can get glory from it, I think he can get glory from it whether I personally wear the headband or don't wear the headband. He's always gonna be in control of the whole situation. We're still all good."
Davis added to NOLA.com that "it's something that's important to me, so I'm just trying to figure out a way to still turn it into a way he can get glory from it" and that he's "hoping to put it out where fans can wear [the headband], and I can wear it through them."
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