- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 29, 2015

The NFL has fined Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay after he wore purple cleats during a game Sunday in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Mr. Gay wore the cleats during the Steelers’ 23-13 loss in Kansas City in remembrance of his mother, who was fatally shot by his stepfather when he was just 7 years old, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Jerrold Colton, Mr. Gay’s agent, tweeted Wednesday that the uniform violation will cost the cornerback $5,797.

After Wednesday’s practice, Mr. Gay told ESPN that he won’t appeal the fine, and he referenced the cameras in front of his locker as a way to bring awareness to domestic violence.

“I think we all know why I wore the purple cleats,” he said.

The NFL also fined defensive end Cameron Heyward for wearing eye black with the words IRON HEAD on them, in a tribute to his father, Craig “Iron Head” Heyward, who died of brain cancer in 2006, the Post-Gazette reported.

Mr. Heyward had a hearing with the NFL about his fines and agreed not to wear eye black with messages.

Running back DeAngelo Williams was also fined for wearing eye black with the words “Find The Cure” on Sunday, in honor of his mother who died of breast cancer, ESPN reported. 

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