NFL loses their head over Alex Smith's hat

NFL eats their hat over Alex Smith baseball cap fine

9/20/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is a good boy. He's a lifelong practicing Mormon, a loving father and husband who does not drink alcohol, shoot people in strip clubs, or shoot himself in strip clubs. Alex Smith stays out of trouble. Or at least, he did until he so enraged the NFL with his post-game behavior on Sunday that they nearly slapped him with a $15,000 fine.
Smith's crime? He wore a San Francisco Giants cap at a post-game press conference Sunday.
That seems like a pretty nice thing to do, considering that the San Francisco Giants are in first place in the NL West and the Bay Area community has a hyped-up case of Giants fever. But the NFL is against Alex Smith wearing a Giants hat, because it is non-sponsored gear from a competing sports league. This goodwill toward the community will not stand!

I would call this scandal Capgate, except "Capgate" sound like a scandal that would involve Jerry Jones and Dan Snider undermining the salary cap.

Blog Photo - NFL Smith was levied with a $15,000 fine from the NFL league offices, though the league office rescinded the fine and let Smith off with a warning. In a whimsical retort, Giants manager Bruce Bochy wore a 49ers ballcap (pictured right) in support of Smith. This is probably the closest thing to humor that Bochy has ever attempted in his 18 seasons as an MLB manager. 

Smith had traditionally worn a San Diego Padres cap, but switched his post-game ball cap affiliation last season. The 49ers won the NFC West last year, so Smith took it as a good luck charm and continued wearing the Giants cap this season.

Smith, by all indications, will heed the rule and no longer wear a Giants cap. It should be noted that Wes Welker of the Patriots was also fined last season for wearing a non-league-approved hat.

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9/21/12   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25696 respect

this does make sense when you consider the priorities of the NFL league office

9/21/12   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

This is absolutely idiotic (I mean, considering how ridiculous the MLB is about their brand it's kind of funny on that end, but...). They can't even wear ball caps now supporting their city's other sports teams? I could see if he was wearing a Seahawks or even Steelers cap but come on. There's got to be a line.

9/21/12   |   jaysinw   |   5040 respect

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That is it stop all games and lets put these players through training so that this terrible crime shall never happen again. We all know that wearing another sport's hat will lead fans away from football and we cannot let that happen. This is almost as bad as the Mets getting threaten by Selig for wearing first responder hats in honor of the first responders of 9-11 during a game. Bochy keep up the good work of making fun of a dumb policy the NFL has.

9/21/12   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

*sigh* what next? they gonna check their underwear to make sure they aren't promoting "non-league approved Joe Boxer"?