New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis won’t have to pay the fine stemming from the Man of God headband he wore during the Week 3 contest against the Seattle Seahawks, Davis said in an Instagram post.
“My agent just told me that I won my appeal and won’t have to pay the headband fine,” Davis wrote.
Davis also used the post to commend the children at St. Louis King of France Catholic School, who made their own versions of Davis’ headband and wore them to school on Tuesday.
Davis was told of the fine on the Saturday following the Week 3 game, later telling The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate that he wasn’t aware that the headband constituted a uniform violation.
"Of course you don't want to be fined," Davis said last week. ”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."
The league fines players and coaches for several things, including uniform violations. According to the league's fine schedule, "personal messages" on uniforms are subject to fines. The minimum fine for a first offense is $7,017, while a the minimum fine for a second offense is $14,037.
After receiving notice of the fine, Davis announced that he would be selling the headbands with 100 percent of the profits going to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.
In Tuesday’s Instagram post, Davis said fans have raised more than $30,000 for the hospital.
”That means y’all helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive, benefitting people who truly need it,” Davis wrote.
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