NFL to scrap pink penalty flags after Week 5 confusion
After one week of confusion, the NFL has decided to scrap the idea of pink penalty flags -- at least for the time being. NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a release that while players and coaches will continue to wear pink through Week 7 as part of the league's breast cancer awareness initiative, there was enough confusion about the appearance of the pink flags to justify reconsidering the idea.
Pink flags weren't a league idea in the first place. When 11-year-old Dante Cano from Marlboro, N.J. wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last year, that got the concept started. Cano wrote that " I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness," and asked if Goodell could "please write back."
"Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action," Goodell said in a statement. "Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation."