By Danny Cox
There are some entirely serious stories in the NFL these days, and one of them has to do with how the family of the late Junior Seau is reacting to the NFL. Then there are those stories that are just on the stranger side, and that includes a quarterback looking for a trademark pose and a running back getting fined for bad fashion.
49ers RB Frank Gore fined for wearing low socks
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is preparing to play in the Super Bowl in less than two weeks, but now he has to deal with a fine from the league. The NFL fined Gore $10,500 for wearing his socks too low in the NFC Championship Game win over the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFL has a certain standard of dress code for game days, and that includes players wearing knee high socks. Gore’s socks were down ankle-high and nowhere near where they were supposed to be.
More than likely, the fine won’t really bother Gore, as it appears his low socks didn’t affect his play that day. In that game, Gore rushed for 90 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns to help the Niners come from 17 down to win 28-24. With a game like that, it wouldn’t surprise me if the 49ers running back decided to risk another fine to keep the superstitious good game play alive.
Junior Seau’s family suing the NFL claiming the player’s CTE was caused by the game
Junior Seau died at the young age of 43 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound back in May. He was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) based on posthumous tests. His family is claiming that violent hits received while playing football for the NFL is what caused the brain disease.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family on Wednesday in California blames the NFL for its “acts or omissions” that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. Going further into the lawsuit, it accuses the NFL of deliberately concealing evidence and ignoring the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.
Back in November, a report was filed by The Associated Press stating that more than 3,800 players have sued the NFL over head injuries.
The Seau family is also suing Riddell Inc., the helmet manufacturer for the NFL. The Seaus state that Riddell was “negligent in their design, testing, assembly, manufacture, marketing, and engineering of the helmets” used by the players in the league.
49ers quarterback looking to trademark the term “Kaepernicking”
Colin Kaepernick better watch himself or the young quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers may end up getting too big for his britches. Kaepernick has filed for the trademark “Kaepernicking,” which is his move of kissing his bicep after a good play. It got the football world into a frenzy as he did it a lot during the 49ers’ postseason games.
Filed on Jan. 14, 2013, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Kaepernick plans on using the phrase on clothing, especially T-shirts. He already has the plan heading forward as his marketing team has given authorization to a few small T-shirt companies to use his name, image, and trademark on products.
The kid knows what he is doing, and he’s going to cash in on things while they are hot. In the past 10 days, Kaepernick’s #7 jersey has been the best-selling NFL jersey on Fanastics.com, one of the largest online sports retailers in the entire country.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.