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(New York Daily News)   NFL fines Bears Brandon Marshall $10,500 for wearing green shoes in honor of mental health awareness. That's just crazy   (nydailynews.com) divider line 44
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2013-10-17 11:02:29 AM
5 votes:

funk_soul_bubby: Every time I see green shoes I think of mental health.


That's better than every time I see pink shoes, I think of crass marketing disguised as a token effort to fund cancer research.
2013-10-17 03:05:30 PM
4 votes:

lennavan: I think you have the wrong perspective. The NFL went from promoting zero causes to promoting one worthy cause. Rather than celebrate the NFL promoting a worthy cause, you went ahead and looked that gift horse in the mouth. I think that's wrong to do.


They're promoting a cause because it's a convenient and visible way to market themselves to a female audience.  Excuse us if we think that's incredibly crass.
2013-10-17 09:20:21 AM
4 votes:
NFL: If we aren't making money from it, we will find a way.
2013-10-17 01:04:44 PM
3 votes:
He has mental health issues (bipolar disorder IIRC)
He said he was going to do this before the game.
He is perfectly happy paying this small (to him) fine, and he must've known it would happen.
The fine and subsequent discussions in the media public forums like this one only draws more attention to his cause, which is all he wanted anyway.

/nothing to see here.
2013-10-17 11:32:01 AM
3 votes:

JohnBigBootay: scottydoesntknow: And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign.

Agreed. I'm tired of everyone's wear pink campaign. To be honest the more I read about the komen foundation the less I want to give them any money. They do some good things and they do some not so good things. But mainly I'm about sick of the mega-charities being so focused on 'awareness' and throwing the scraps to real research. They should flip that upside down. I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of cancer now.


Komen does more harm than good. They're all about the money and protecting their IP. They're extremely sue-happy regarding anyone using pink or ribbons for breast cancer awareness. And if you notice, it never says anything about research or curing. It's all about "Awareness".

/I agree, we're aware.
2013-10-17 11:16:53 AM
3 votes:

scottydoesntknow: "Football is my platform not my purpose.


That worked out really well for Tebow...
2013-10-17 11:13:55 AM
3 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Serious Black: scottydoesntknow: "Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised."

While I think it's cool that he wants to bring awareness to mental health (and doing it in a harmless way), I don't like his thinking that he can use games as a platform to get his messages out. You're paid to play football. Use your blog or twitter like Kluwe did when you want to fight for causes (well, except for Kluwe's 'Vote Ray Guy' stunt).

But fining him for different colored shoes? That's farking stupid.

So, what, it's okay to use games to raise awareness of breast cancer, but it's not okay to to use games to raise awareness of mental illnesses, a whole spectrum of diseases that affect at least six times as many people every year as have ever had breast cancer? Why is that? Because the NFL signed off on breast cancer awareness but not mental illness awareness?

Except that's not what I said at all. I said I was glad he was bringing awareness, I just don't like athletes thinking they can use a game they're paid to play to start proselytizing about various causes. Save it for off the field. You're a superstar, you have people following you. Do it then.

And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign. It's all about the money and selling merchandise. Hell I got a greenlight last year about how a $130 pink football ends up as $6.50 in actual donations.


That is exactly why he should continue to use the field as his platform.  He, as a sports celebrity, has a loud voice when promoting issues important to him, and to say that he shouldn't use his position is ridiculous.  The fine brings even MORE attention to the cause than his twitter ever would.

/don't agree with the "shut up and entertain me" crowd
2013-10-17 10:50:59 AM
3 votes:

scottydoesntknow: "Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised."

While I think it's cool that he wants to bring awareness to mental health (and doing it in a harmless way), I don't like his thinking that he can use games as a platform to get his messages out. You're paid to play football. Use your blog or twitter like Kluwe did when you want to fight for causes (well, except for Kluwe's 'Vote Ray Guy' stunt).

But fining him for different colored shoes? That's farking stupid.


So, what, it's okay to use games to raise awareness of breast cancer, but it's not okay to to use games to raise awareness of mental illnesses, a whole spectrum of diseases that affect at least six times as many people every year as have ever had breast cancer? Why is that? Because the NFL signed off on breast cancer awareness but not mental illness awareness?
2013-10-17 10:35:03 AM
3 votes:
The NFL should direct the money from his fine to a charity or study that helps mental illness issues.
2013-10-17 04:08:25 PM
2 votes:

mikaloyd: How very dare they sell merchandise and give 8% to cancer research. Lets put an end to this now!


The 8%, while noble, would be better if they decided to donate the 50% of the sales they keep as the 'retailer'.

To me it is like those stories you read about the agencies who spend 75-80% of money raised on the administrative costs.  What that means is there is more money to be made but someone decided they needed to get paid 5 million a year to run the Komen Foundation or United Way. (not that those two pay that much but just as examples)
2013-10-17 01:48:25 PM
2 votes:

lennavan: The reason the NFL can't allow his green shoes is because otherwise it would set a precedent that shifts the NFL towards being like NASCAR.  You nit pick about the little shiat to start because one dude wearing green shoes for a great cause might become 20 dudes wearing GoldenPalace.com pants.

Brandon Marshall gets a lot of good exposure here in Chicago, he gives an entertaining press conference/interview.  He has an easy platform to get his message out on mental health awareness without wearing green shoes during the game.


Meh - with the mix and match pink pink crap and throwback uniforms it already looks like nascar.
2013-10-17 01:28:07 PM
2 votes:

wjllope: He has mental health issues (bipolar disorder IIRC)
He said he was going to do this before the game.
He is perfectly happy paying this small (to him) fine, and he must've known it would happen.
The fine and subsequent discussions in the media public forums like this one only draws more attention to his cause, which is all he wanted anyway.

/nothing to see here.


I say good for Marshall. Mental illness is the black sheep of donation causes and it ought to be higher up on a lot of our lists. In my opinion anyway.
2013-10-17 12:58:27 PM
2 votes:

Super Chronic: Beeblebrox: Super Chronic: What does green have to do with mental illness?

I've never heard of any organization that links green with mental illness.


http://pinnaclecounselingnwa.com/going-green-to-support-national-men ta l-illness-awareness-week/

Green appears to be the color used by the National Alliance on Mental Illness uses for their awareness week.
http://www.nami.org
http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=mental_illness_awareness_we ek

See, now thanks to Marshall we both learned something!
2013-10-17 12:33:07 PM
2 votes:

KoC: JohnBigBootay: scottydoesntknow: And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign.

Agreed. I'm tired of everyone's wear pink campaign. To be honest the more I read about the komen foundation the less I want to give them any money. They do some good things and they do some not so good things. But mainly I'm about sick of the mega-charities being so focused on 'awareness' and throwing the scraps to real research. They should flip that upside down. I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of cancer now.

The NFL works with the American Cancer Society, not Komen.


The American Cancer Society had over $900 million in revenues in FY11. NAMI? A paltry $10 million. I think I'd much rather see Brandon Marshall wear his green shoes than the entire NFL wear pink.
2013-10-17 12:05:10 PM
2 votes:
Maybe I missed the joke, but I think that "A League of Denial" is about all the NFL wants to do with mental illnesses for quite some time.

Second, I recently became aware that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month.  Anybody notice any type of ribbons or banners or walks or any type of shiat for this?  I thought it might be relevant to the NFL's interests since a staggering amount of people on the field at any given point in time are susceptible to prostate cancer.

But that's just me ... or maybe I missed the joke ... I dunno

And if you think this fine is unreasonable, check out Ndomakong Suh'shiat on Brandon Weeden:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24092111/nfl-reviewing- nd amukong-suhs-hit-on-brandon-weeden

He's 35k lighter for that.  Let that sink in for a minute ...

This game is becoming a joke, and we're the punchline.
2013-10-17 11:43:20 AM
2 votes:

JohnBigBootay: They should change the slogan to "for a bunch of posters".


More likely for Komen's sister to get a 7-figure salary.
2013-10-17 11:40:02 AM
2 votes:

Super Chronic: You seek a pink ribbon on a lapel pin and you instantly know what it's for


Yep. It means I'm about to get hit up for my 11th walkathon donation of the year. You know - "for the cure"... though less than 10% of my donation will go to research. They should change the slogan to "for a bunch of posters".
2013-10-17 11:28:53 AM
2 votes:

scottydoesntknow: And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign.


Agreed. I'm tired of everyone's wear pink campaign. To be honest the more I read about the komen foundation the less I want to give them any money. They do some good things and they do some not so good things. But mainly I'm about sick of the mega-charities being so focused on 'awareness' and throwing the scraps to real research. They should flip that upside down. I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of cancer now.
2013-10-17 11:27:19 AM
2 votes:

Super Chronic: What does green have to do with mental illness?


What does pink have to do with cancer?
2013-10-17 11:17:43 AM
2 votes:

TwoBeersOneCan: /don't agree with the "shut up and entertain me" crowd


I don't mind athletes/entertainers speaking their mind on a subject which is A) important to them and B) they know what they're talking about.  I do wish sports media would find it less necessary to shove a microphone in their faces after every game.  A lot of athletes have nothing of value to add to the analysis.

/"What was going through your mind when X..." is the single dumbest question in their niche of the profession.
2013-10-17 09:41:28 AM
2 votes:
"Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised."

While I think it's cool that he wants to bring awareness to mental health (and doing it in a harmless way), I don't like his thinking that he can use games as a platform to get his messages out. You're paid to play football. Use your blog or twitter like Kluwe did when you want to fight for causes (well, except for Kluwe's 'Vote Ray Guy' stunt).

But fining him for different colored shoes? That's farking stupid.
2013-10-17 09:22:29 AM
2 votes:
Wow, I can't imagine that the NFL could be against mental health awareness for some reason
2013-10-17 04:41:44 PM
1 votes:
BTW Marshall is auctioning off the shoes and all the money will go to charity for mental health stuff. On top of that, I heard he might actually match the fine with a donation to a mental health charity. So basically, all the NFL is causing here is more donations to mental health charities, which was the whole point.
2013-10-17 03:40:10 PM
1 votes:

mikaloyd: How very dare they sell merchandise and give 8% to cancer research. Lets put an end to this now!


I agree that any amount given to charity is good, but I wish they'd stop calling it "awareness" since I think anyone who has eyes or ears and hasn't been living in a dungeon for 2 decades has heard of breast cancer by now.
2013-10-17 03:30:18 PM
1 votes:
http://www.sbnation.com/2012/10/26/349 8376/nfl-pink-flags-breast-cance r-charity

The NFL only cares about causes that it can make money off of. Breast cancer awareness for example. Only about $3.50 of every $100 the NFL raises actually goes toward breast cancer research.

Can't do clicky on mobile
2013-10-17 03:28:07 PM
1 votes:

LessO2: Fark It: LessO2: If you truly want to call attention to mental illness, show it elsewhere. Do some volunteer work at an institution or something, hell you might even get a photo-op out of it.

Brandon Marshall has his own foundation that partners with mental health groups and services.  I say good for him, mental illness is shamefully swept under the rug in this country, and relative to its prevalence, receivers virtually no recognition.  Marshall has had a rough road, and it's great to see someone overcome that kind of adversity in the way he has.  He was in the limousine with Darrent Williams when he was shot, and this happened before he was diagnosed and received treatment for BPD.

I hope he wears green shoes this Sunday, too.  fark the NFL.

I'm 100% with you on the state of mental health in this country and where it ranks among politicians (same feeling about education, sadly always either first or second to get cuts).

All I'm saying is that he should stop burning bridges, or else that platform is going to go away fast.


How is what he did an act of burning a bridge exactly?
2013-10-17 03:19:53 PM
1 votes:

lennavan: Serious Black: And the NFL opened themselves up to this

I think you have the wrong perspective. The NFL went from promoting zero causes to promoting one worthy cause. Rather than celebrate the NFL promoting a worthy cause, you went ahead and looked that gift horse in the mouth. I think that's wrong to do.


Where in this thread did I bash the NFL for promoting breast cancer awareness? All I ever did was say it's ridiculous to single out one disease as particularly noteworthy and deserving of promotion than any other disease. Breast cancer is a terrible and tragic disease. Guess what? Mental illnesses are also terrible and tragic. So is multiple sclerosis. So is pediatric cancer. So is AIDS.

lennavan: Serious Black: There's nothing saying the NFL couldn't let players raise awareness of other recognized ailments like, say, Crohn's disease or multiple sclerosis other than them insisting breast cancer is more deserving of awareness than every other disease on the planet.

If everyone on the field is promoting something different, then nothing really gets promoted. One unifying message is significantly better than 200 different messages all at once. The NFL lets its players raise awareness on whatever the hell they feel like - there's just one simple rule, you can't do it on the field during game time. It's not so terrible. Hell, I work on prostate cancer and I ain't mad.


You know the movie The Incredibles? Syndrome tells the imprisoned Mr. Incredible about halfway through "When everyone's super, no one will be." It's just as ridiculous a sentiment coming from your fingers as it was coming from his mouth.

I completely disagree that nothing will get promoted. I think it would unleash a ton of interviews from reporters and journalists asking players things like "Hey, you're wearing a grey set of gloves, what are you promoting and why?" And you'd very likely get a ton of personal stories from those players like "Oh, I'm raising awareness of pediatric brain cancer because a kid I adopted as my little brother during college had brain cancer." Those kinds of stories stick with people long after the day is done.

And once again, I am not mad about the NFL raising awareness of a horrible disease. I'm only mad that they feel no other disease deserves promotion in the same manner.

/the hypothetical story I drew up would be Rex Burkhead talking about Jack Hoffman
2013-10-17 03:13:00 PM
1 votes:

UNC_Samurai: lennavan: I think you have the wrong perspective. The NFL went from promoting zero causes to promoting one worthy cause. Rather than celebrate the NFL promoting a worthy cause, you went ahead and looked that gift horse in the mouth. I think that's wrong to do.

They're promoting a cause because it's a convenient and visible way to market themselves to a female audience.  Excuse us if we think that's incredibly crass.


And, as pointed out above, a way for them to sell pink crap to people who already bought regular jerseys under the blanket of "awareness", even though they never take 5 minutes of a halftime show to discuss the current state of cancer research and progress that's being made. But apparently we should be celebrating the NFL for finding a way to double its revenues and give a token 8% to the actual "cause".

There is no gift horse here that I can see to look in the mouth.
2013-10-17 03:05:14 PM
1 votes:
You want cynical....here you go:

Approximately 8 percent of sales from pink NFL merchandise go toward cancer research, according to a report this week from Business Insider.

The league uses the color on its jerseys and other apparel in an effort to raise money for breast cancer research, but according to the report, the breakdown of how the money from sales of the apparel gets distributed is as follows: 50 percent to the retailer; 37.5 percent to the manufacturer; 8.1 percent to the American Cancer Society for research; 3.24 percent to the administration at the Society; and 1.25 percent to the NFL.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the league "takes a 25% royalty from the wholesale price (1/2 retail), donates 90% of royalty to American Cancer Society." According to the Business Insider report, citing information from the NFL, any money the league makes that is not donated to the American Cancer Society goes directly toward covering the costs of the actual Breast Cancer Awareness program.

It should also be noted that the most common place for pink NFL merchandise to be sold is through the league's online store, individual teams and at the stadiums. Therefore, the NFL or the individual teams act as the retailer in this case and therefore receive a portion of the 50 percent that goes toward the "retailer."
2013-10-17 02:39:16 PM
1 votes:

LessO2: If you truly want to call attention to mental illness, show it elsewhere. Do some volunteer work at an institution or something, hell you might even get a photo-op out of it.


Brandon Marshall has his own foundation that partners with mental health groups and services.  I say good for him, mental illness is shamefully swept under the rug in this country, and relative to its prevalence, receivers virtually no recognition.  Marshall has had a rough road, and it's great to see someone overcome that kind of adversity in the way he has.  He was in the limousine with Darrent Williams when he was shot, and this happened before he was diagnosed and received treatment for BPD.

I hope he wears green shoes this Sunday, too.  fark the NFL.
2013-10-17 02:05:15 PM
1 votes:

lennavan: The reason the NFL can't allow his green shoes is because otherwise it would set a precedent that shifts the NFL towards being like NASCAR.  You nit pick about the little shiat to start because one dude wearing green shoes for a great cause might become 20 dudes wearing GoldenPalace.com pants.

Brandon Marshall gets a lot of good exposure here in Chicago, he gives an entertaining press conference/interview.  He has an easy platform to get his message out on mental health awareness without wearing green shoes during the game.


I don't live in Chicago. I didn't watch the Bears play the Giants last Thursday. If it weren't for him wearing green shoes during the game and him getting fined for it, I never would have heard about his mental health activism because nobody would have ever reported on it.

And the NFL opened themselves up to this by letting/mandating players wear pink to raise awareness of breast cancer. What's so special about breast cancer that we can raise awareness of that disease compared to the whole spectrum of mental illnesses? I complain about people using the slippery slope fallacy all the time, but this is one case where the slippery slope clearly seems to apply because they are both AMA-recognized diseases. There's nothing saying the NFL couldn't let players raise awareness of other recognized ailments like, say, Crohn's disease or multiple sclerosis other than them insisting breast cancer is more deserving of awareness than every other disease on the planet.
2013-10-17 01:29:43 PM
1 votes:

Super Chronic: Beeblebrox: Super Chronic: What does green have to do with mental illness?

What does pink have to do with cancer?

At least pink has been pretty well-branded over the years by the Komen foundation, and people readily associate it with the cause. You seek a pink ribbon on a lapel pin and you instantly know what it's for. I've never heard of any organization that links green with mental illness.


http://www.greenribbonadvocates.com/Celebrate-NCMHAD-2012.html
2013-10-17 01:02:07 PM
1 votes:

Electromax: See, now thanks to Marshall we both learned something!


You might say we even gained... awareness. Thanks, NFL, for fining Marshall; otherwise there'd have been no Fark thread and I wouldn't have noticed!
2013-10-17 12:54:27 PM
1 votes:
Actually I support this.  Because the whole complaints about the fine are raising even more awareness for the issue.

The issue I have is that they originally threatened to eject him from the game until that idea blew up in the media.  Ejected for something everyone else would get fined for its insane.
2013-10-17 12:31:40 PM
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Beeblebrox: Super Chronic: What does green have to do with mental illness?

What does pink have to do with cancer?

Areolas are pink


Never seen a latina booby have you?
KoC
2013-10-17 12:29:05 PM
1 votes:

JohnBigBootay: scottydoesntknow: And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign.

Agreed. I'm tired of everyone's wear pink campaign. To be honest the more I read about the komen foundation the less I want to give them any money. They do some good things and they do some not so good things. But mainly I'm about sick of the mega-charities being so focused on 'awareness' and throwing the scraps to real research. They should flip that upside down. I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of cancer now.


The NFL works with the American Cancer Society, not Komen.
2013-10-17 12:16:50 PM
1 votes:

scottydoesntknow: Serious Black: scottydoesntknow: "Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised."

While I think it's cool that he wants to bring awareness to mental health (and doing it in a harmless way), I don't like his thinking that he can use games as a platform to get his messages out. You're paid to play football. Use your blog or twitter like Kluwe did when you want to fight for causes (well, except for Kluwe's 'Vote Ray Guy' stunt).

But fining him for different colored shoes? That's farking stupid.

So, what, it's okay to use games to raise awareness of breast cancer, but it's not okay to to use games to raise awareness of mental illnesses, a whole spectrum of diseases that affect at least six times as many people every year as have ever had breast cancer? Why is that? Because the NFL signed off on breast cancer awareness but not mental illness awareness?

Except that's not what I said at all. I said I was glad he was bringing awareness, I just don't like athletes thinking they can use a game they're paid to play to start proselytizing about various causes. Save it for off the field. You're a superstar, you have people following you. Do it then.

And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign. It's all about the money and selling merchandise. Hell I got a greenlight last year about how a $130 pink football ends up as $6.50 in actual donations.


The Portland Trail Blazers last week announced they, as an entire team, support Oregon's initiative to legally recognize marriages of same-sex couples. I didn't hear about it until a single Slate reporter stumbled upon it and wrote up an article about their stance. Odds are most other people, even those living in Oregon or Portland, haven't heard about it to this point. But if the players all worse rainbow-colored headbands or some other attire to make clear their team-wide support during a nationally-televised game? Oh, you better believe everyone would hear about it!
2013-10-17 12:16:21 PM
1 votes:

Super Chronic: Yeah yeah I know, I'm the last person to white knight or cheerlead for the Komen foundation, but you can't deny that their branding effort has been hugely successful.


Absolutely it's been successful. The problem is their raison d'etre - getting everyone to screen more and more often - has been called into serious question by some pretty damning research on the downsides of screening. There's a very real debate going on regarding whether it does more harm than good, particularly for younger people. Same thing is happening with prostate. No easy answers. Catch some cancers early and a few live longer vs. a whole bunch of people unnecessarily undergoing chemo or cutting off their tits or removing their pleasure peanut ... talk about a rock and a hard place.
2013-10-17 12:04:12 PM
1 votes:
what's the rule that was broken? i don't get it.
2013-10-17 11:34:45 AM
1 votes:

Beeblebrox: Super Chronic: What does green have to do with mental illness?

What does pink have to do with cancer?


It wasn't even pink to begin with; it was peach.
2013-10-17 10:56:48 AM
1 votes:

Serious Black: scottydoesntknow: "Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started & awareness raised."

While I think it's cool that he wants to bring awareness to mental health (and doing it in a harmless way), I don't like his thinking that he can use games as a platform to get his messages out. You're paid to play football. Use your blog or twitter like Kluwe did when you want to fight for causes (well, except for Kluwe's 'Vote Ray Guy' stunt).

But fining him for different colored shoes? That's farking stupid.

So, what, it's okay to use games to raise awareness of breast cancer, but it's not okay to to use games to raise awareness of mental illnesses, a whole spectrum of diseases that affect at least six times as many people every year as have ever had breast cancer? Why is that? Because the NFL signed off on breast cancer awareness but not mental illness awareness?


Except that's not what I said at all. I said I was glad he was bringing awareness, I just don't like athletes thinking they can use a game they're paid to play to start proselytizing about various causes. Save it for off the field. You're a superstar, you have people following you. Do it then.

And honestly, I'm tired of NFL's crap regarding the wear pink campaign. It's all about the money and selling merchandise. Hell I got a greenlight last year about how a $130 pink football ends up as $6.50 in actual donations.
2013-10-17 10:53:50 AM
1 votes:

Serious Black: Because the NFL signed off on breast cancer awareness but not mental illness awareness?


Yes, because the corporate sponsors can only sell pink merchandise if EVERYONE on the field is wearing it.
2013-10-17 10:50:48 AM
1 votes:

Walker: NFL policy: Wear all the pink you want, but wear green and.....
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And I'm sure there's no way the NFL has anything to gain by having tons of pink out there.
2013-10-17 09:01:50 AM
1 votes:
NFL policy: Wear all the pink you want, but wear green and.....
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