On September 22, Demario Davis was fined for wearing a headband that said “Man of God” during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. The NFL fined the New Orleans Saints linebacker more than $7,000 because he was in violation of the league’s dress code policy.
“I was not expecting the fine because I had worn the headband before, but once I realized that it was against the rules, I was in a conflicting position,” Demario told FOX Business.
Even though he wore the headband for the first several weeks of the season, he decided he wouldn’t wear it after receiving the $7,017 fine from the NFL.
Instead, he began selling “Man of God,” “Woman of God,” and “Child of God” headbands to supportive fans with 100 percent of the proceeds going to St. Dominic Hospital, a hospital near his hometown in need of a new emergency department.
According to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, Demario appealed the NFL’s fine because he was unaware a headband was considered a uniform violation and he didn’t believe it was offensive.
He also wanted the NFL to take another look at the rule and reconsider it.
On Tuesday, he received the news that his appeal had been approved. The NFL wouldn’t fine him.
“It’s a huge win,” he said.
Here’s #Saints LB Demario Davis reacting to winning the fine appeal stemming from his “Man of God” headband:
“It’s a huge win,” he said, later adding, “I’ve been able to turn it into a positive.” pic.twitter.com/ga2Q2pDSDN
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) October 9, 2019
The linebacker announced the news on his Instagram alongside a photo of students and faculty who wore handmade headbands that matched Demario’s Man of God headband.
The students, who are from St. Louis King of France in Metairie, Louisiana, made their own Child of God headbands in support of Demario.
In addition to the news of his win, Demario shared that fans raised over $30,000 for the hospital, and the money that he would have had to pay for violating the NFL’s dress code would also go to the hospital.
“That means y’all 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,” he wrote.
Way to turn a negative into a positive!
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