NFL Fines Saints Captain for Wearing 'Man of God' Headband, but He Still Stands for Christ


The only thing the NFL is better at than creating controversy is creating needless controversy.

The NFL’s rule against players wearing “personal messages” during games has once again reared its ugly head, leading to a seemingly unnecessary fine.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis says he was fined roughly $7,000 for wearing a headband with the phrase “Man of God” on it during a Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks.

Davis posted a picture of the headband on Instagram and asked his followers whether he should wear it again.

“So, I got fined $7K for my headband. Should I continue to wear it, or nah?” he wrote.

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The minimum fine for a second offense would be $14,037, according to

Davis is not the first player to face a ridiculous fine over the NFL’s “personal messages” rule.

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Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward was fined over $25,000 for a series of messages on his eye black that were meant to honor his late father.

A year later, another Steelers player, running back DeAngelo Williams, was fined nearly $6,000 for the “Find the Cure” message on his eye black.

Williams has lost his mother and four aunts to breast cancer.

Davis, an eighth-year player and Saints captain, has long been outspoken about his Christian faith.

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A video posted to Twitter of Davis pumping up his teammates prior to a Week 4 showdown against the Cowboys shows the linebacker wearing a headband with a cross on it.

It’s not clear if the cross headband replaced the “Man of God” one, or whether the NFL would even consider the cross to be a personal message, per its guidelines.

But one thing is clear. It doesn’t sound like he’s going to let the NFL quash his testimony any time soon.

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Jake Harp has been with The Western Journal since 2014. His writing primarily focuses on sports and their intersection with politics, culture, and religion.
Jake Harp joined Liftable Media in 2014 after graduating from Grove City College. Since then he has worked in several roles, mostly focusing on social media and story assignment. Jake lives in Western New York where, in a shocking display of poor parenting, he tries to pass down his Buffalo sports fandom to his daughter.
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