In a turn of events as surprising as it is fantastic, the NFL has utilized its last remaining shred of common sense to overturn a fine that had been levied against New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis.
Davis had been fined for wearing a headband reading “Man of God” during the team’s Week 3 game.
The charge was that the headband violated the NFL’s rule against players displaying “personal messages” on game days.
“The Bible tells us to be submissive to what your authorities are asking you to do,” Davis wrote. “Unless the authorities above us are asking you to do something that’s not of God, then you need to follow that rule, whether or not you agree with it yourself. The league has a uniform code; it wouldn’t be reflective of Christ for me to go against that rule.”
Davis also announced that he would sell the “Man of God” headbands, with all proceeds going to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.
Davis decided to take a negative and turn it into a positive. On Tuesday, that negative turned into an even bigger positive.
The NFL decided to drop the fine after Davis appealed it, he wrote in an Instagram post. And to make matters even better, he decided to donate the $7,017 that would have been used to pay the fine to St. Dominic Hospital.
“So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked??” Davis wrote.
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WOWWW look at this!! So my agent just told me that I won my appeal and won't have to pay the headband fine!! Then I see that St. Louis King France came together today to support the movement! Won’t he do it! Look at all these beautiful children of God! Always glory above so I’m taking every penny of that original $7,017 fine and donating it to @stdomhospital anyways. So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked?? Let’s gooooo. That’s crazy! Ya’ll are a part of this journey too!! I can’t thank ya’ll enough either. We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! I’m truly blessed as anybody. We’re restocked on the site with more #ManOfGod and #WomanOfGod color options and have added #ChildOfGod. If you haven’t purchased yours yet or didn't get the color you wanted, donations will continue to go to @stdomhospital so now is the time to stock up! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! #ManOfGod #WomanOfGod #ChildOfGod #WhoDat #TheSaintsAreTheBestTeam Get your headband at: bit.ly/56manofgod (link in bio)
The headbands, produced by Davie, Florida-based Sleefs, are still available for purchase. In addition to “Man of God,” headbands reading “Woman of God” and “Child of God” are for sale.
— Justin Hymel (@justh045) October 8, 2019
MULTIMEDIA | After @demario__davis went viral for wearing his “Man of God” headband and subsequently getting fined for it…
These elementary school kiddos at St. Louis King of France Catholic School crafted their own headbands:https://t.co/Al3VtjtCKd
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) October 8, 2019
Davis will be back on the field Sunday when the Saints take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.
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