Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks (and formerly of Oakland Tech and the California Golden Bears) is one colorful character. So it makes sense that he'd eventually sign up with a sponsor that fully embraces his inner character. Unfortunately, it's not likely it'll stick. The NFL is a stickler for such sponsorship and they could "enhance their uniform policy", so I wouldn't expect it to be around too long. Enjoy it while you can!
After the jump, the photo of the eye black (or you can click here to view it), and a history of incidents that threaten the fabric of civilization.
Jim McMahon once wore a headband with Adidas sponsorship and drew a $5000 fine from the league.
The NFL banned bandanas and do-rags a decade ago for being culturally troublesome. (Translation: Hip hop is awful hey let's put on this new AC-DC track we've listened to a hundred thousand times this year.)
- Clinton Portis was fined $20k for wearing black shoes, striped socks and an unapproved visor. Sean Taylor (RIP) got of lightly with $5k for the striped socks. What monsters.
- Chad Ochocinco fined $10k for wearing the wrong colored chin strap. Remember kids, the NFL is trying to teach you something. If you wear the wrong pair of pants to school today, the local juvenile delinquent deserves to take your lunch money and iPhone.
So if you think Lynch will be allowed to keep this.
It might be an uphill battle. The NFL wants its players to conform, and unless Lynch is prepared to pay fines, he might have to give this one up.