Norman told reporters that the league fined him not for the color scheme, which was apparently not deemed different from Carolina’s uniform colors, but for the message printed on the shoes: “proud, brave.” He will appeal the ruling.
Norman wore the cleats for Carolina’s “Salute to Service” game and said he was expecting to be fined. He plans to auction the cleats online and donate the money to troops in North and South Carolina.
The 27-year-old cornerback has been a key member of undefeated Carolina’s defense this season, with 31 tackles and four interceptions.
The Panthers (8–0) will travel to face the Tennessee Titans (2–6) on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
- Jeremy Woo