Here are some things that'll get you fined as an NFL player: Helmet-to-helmet hits, inappropriate celebrations, fighting, bumping an official... and wearing socks that aren't the right color, of course.
Yep, all of those are perfectly sensible reasons to take money out of a guy's pockets, and one of those definitely doesn't feel more ridiculous than the rest. And in Week 7, a scoundrel who had the nerve to don socks that weren't "white from the top of the shoe to mid-calf" (they were black, if you can believe that) and was apparently/thankfully penalized for it is the Redskins' own Niles Paul:
Here's a photo of Washington's tight end from the team's Monday night game vs. the Eagles, in which you can see his socks. If you're a parent, though, you might want to prevent your children from looking at the picture and having their innocent minds polluted by Paul's offensive footwear:
In Paul's tweet referencing the fine (which he claimed was $6,000, an amount that lines up with similar incidents from the past), he complained about it, saying he's "convinced they really trying to have us out here lookin like a created players on madden."
But really, No. 84 should be grateful the league didn't dock him for other, additional issues.
Look at Paul's knees in the above picture, for instance. Are those grass stains? Does no one in the league office believe in doing laundry?
Speaking of laundry, his undershirt isn't tucked in. That should be another couple grand right there. Or better yet, the NFL should force him to take that couple grand and buy him a functioning belt.
Hopefully, Paul serves as an example to his Redskins teammates and no other member of the Burgundy and Gold pulls a heinous act like he did in the future. If he or anyone else does, however, the powers that be will have no choice but to suspend him. And take all of his socks away as well.