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Matthew Stafford wins appeal of fine for blue shoes

Matthew Stafford, Carson Palmer


It hasn’t been a very good week for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, but he did get one piece of good news.

Stafford was fined $5,787 last week for wearing blue shoes, but this week NFL Vice President of Operations Merton Hanks granted Stafford’s appeal of that fine.

“Had the call yesterday, so talked with Merton Hanks about it,” Stafford said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Understood the situation and go from there.”

Stafford still thinks the NFL’s rules about the color of shoes players can wear are too complex, but he’s going to do his best to comply going forward.

“It’s way too complicated for shoes [to explain], honestly,” Stafford said. “But it had to do with it being too much blue, I think. So I understood and I will move on with a new pair of cleats.”

Now that the shoe issue is out of the way, Stafford -- who leads the league in interceptions and was benched on Sunday -- can turn all his attention to playing better.