San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has reportedly been slapped with a $10,000 fine for donning a pair of Beats By Dre headphones last weekend.
According to reports, Colin’s hefty fine stemmed from rocking the gear last Sunday (October 5).
And while his headphones were bright pink, purportedly to pay homage to Breast Cancer Awareness, Kaepernick paid for the indiscretion. He said Thursday the league fined him $10,000. So did Beats, with whom he has an endorsement deal, pay his fine? “I’m going to let that be unanswered,” Kaepernick said. (ESPN)
This NFL player also rocked some Beats By Dre gear this week…
Pictures and footage of NFL player Richard Sherman donning the banned headphones prior to this week’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast popped up online a few days ago.
Richard Sherman was shown wearing Beats By Dre headphones on ESPN’s telecast tonight right before they discussed him playing Little League with DeSean Jackson. Normally, this would be a pretty dumb premise for a post — and it still kind of is — but it’s pretty amusing that the NFL’s ban of the headphones from appearing on its telecasts didn’t even last a week. (The Big Lead)
According to reports, the league’s deal with headphones competitor Bose motivated its decision to issue a ban.
Beats have become a trendy fashion statement among professional athletes, and Beats have embraced athletes in return with a series of commercials depicting players drowning out critics with the voice of Aloe Blacc. Bose holds a lot of leverage with its contract, however, including the right to keep players from sporting any other manufacturer around their ears. The ban extends from practice interviews to game days to post-game locker room and podium interviews. (SB Nation)
A Beats representative issued a statement on the ban this week.
“Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual,” a Beats spokesperson said. “Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment.” (Statement)