Brandon Marshall has put the NFL on notice.
To call attention to – and raise a little money for – mental health research, the Bears wide receiver said on Tuesday that he will commit a uniform violation on Thursday when the Bears play the New York Giants.
It will cost him some money, and that’s part of his plan.
“One of the things I’m going to do is wear lime green spikes this week,” said Marshall, who deals with Borderline Personality Disorder himself. “The league’s going to hit me with a nice, little fine and I’m asking them to take my money and the money I’m going to match and give it to a great foundation doing some work in the mental health community.”
If history is any indicator, the price for wearing the contraband cleats will be $5,000 this week. That’s what the NFL fined teammate Earl Bennett in November 2011 against for wearing orange cleats in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The fine jumped to $10,000 when he wore them a second straight game.
Bennett was warned that he would be ejected before the game if he was in them a third time. He didn’t.
But he was joined by Marshall last year in wearing them for the Monday night game last Oct. 22 against Detroit. The tag for that act of sartorial defiance was $10,500.
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Marshall is prepared for a spanking in the wallet. He won’t dispute the fine or ask the NFL to match his match, either.
“No. I’m going to get fined,” Marshall said. “And I’m going to match that and we want to partner with like a Cancer Care. [We’re] still working out the details to really give back to some organization that’s doing some work in the mental health area.”