SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The NFL has strict guidelines for what players can and can not wear during their postgame conferences.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Thursday said he was fined $10,000 by league for wearing pink Beats by Dre headphones following Sunday's 22-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs during his postgame press conference.
Kaepernick has worn the headphones during the majority of his media appearances both during the week of practice and after games since he became the starter in 2012. He is endorsed by the headphone company that recently sold for Apple for a reported $3 billion. Last season, Kaepernick would wear the headphones with tape covering their logo which complied with league rules, but has not done so this year.
The NFL's deal new deal with headphone maker Bose does not allow players to wear any other brand of headphones while appearing on camera. That includes post-game interviews and while players warm up prior to games. The deal is effective 90 minutes until the conclusion of games.
Did Beats help pay for Kaepernick's fine?
"We'll let that be unanswered," Kaepernick said Thursday.
In comparison, Kaepernick's fine for the headphones is more than Broncos tight end Julius Thomas', who faces an $8,286 fine for his chop block on Calais Campbell Sunday. Campbell expects to miss a few games, and said this week he will likely have pain in the knee for the remainder of the season.
Kaepernick took to social media after his session with reporters Thursday, posting "I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!....... *shrugs* some things are now important! #IDontGetTired #WhoDoYouLove #Se7enPounds" along with a picture of his press conference sporting the pink head phones, in honor of breast cancer awareness month.
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