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NFL fines Wes Welker $10,000 for wearing unauthorized hat

Wes Welker

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker warms up before an NFL football game in the AFC playoffs against the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Patriots receiver Wes Welker is not happy about a $10,000 fine he received for something he says he has no idea was against NFL rules: Wearing a hat without permission.

An NFL spokesman confirmed to the Boston Globe that Welker’s $10,000 fine came for wearing an “unauthorized hat during his postgame interview.”

On Twitter, Welker wrote that he’s been wearing a hat promoting Bonk Breaker energy bars, a company he invests in, all season long, and no one ever told him there was anything wrong with that.

“Got fined by the NFL for wearing a @Bonk_Breaker hat in an interview after the game,” Welker wrote. “Thanks for warning me the other 16 weeks I wore the hat.”

At least Welker found out about the rule during the regular season. As Brian Urlacher found out the hard way, fines for unauthorized hats jump to $100,000 at the Super Bowl.