The NFL undoubtedly looked to push past years on the controversy surrounding National Anthem kneeling and other non-football related issues with the start of this new season.
Entering week 5 of their season and they were without a hiccup — a good effort to reel back a fleeting fan base — but all good things must come to an end.
The Western Journal reports New Orleans Saints linebacker and team captain Demario Davis took to Instagram to complain that he was fined thousands of dollars for wearing a headband with the phrase “Man of God” on it during a game two weeks ago.
“So, I got fined $7K for my headband. Should I continue to wear it, or nah?” Davis wrote in a post.
The Western Journal reports Davis is outspoken about his Christian faith and how it has helped him overcome personal and professional struggles.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28” Davis said in a November 2018 tweet.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) November 1, 2018
“When we get tired of losing at life, there’s a winning formula that we can follow. It’s called the bible,” he tweeted in 2016.
When we get tired of losing at life, there's a winning formula that we can follow. It's called the bible. #coffeetime
— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) April 20, 2016
“Jesus holds all things together, so when you ask him to leave, and he does, you get chaos. ‘and in him all things hold together’ Col.1:17” he said in another.
Jesus holds all things together, so when you ask him to leave, and he does, you get chaos. "and in him all things hold together" Col.1:17
— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) June 13, 2016
Here’s more from the report:
It’s not clear whether the NFL would consider Davis to have committed another violation if he wore the headband again.
The minimum fine for a second offense would be $14,037, according to NOLA.com.
According to the Western Journal, Davis is not the first player to be fined over the “personal messages” rule:
Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward was fined over $25,000 for a series of messages on his eye black that were meant to honor his late father.
A year later, another Steelers player, running back DeAngelo Williams, was fined nearly $6,000 for the “Find the Cure” message on his eye black.
Williams has lost his mother and four aunts to breast cancer.
In the game which Davis was fined, the New Orleans Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks 33 to 27. The Saints are 3-1 heading into their divisional match-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.