Alex Smith faces potential $15K fine from NFL for post-game Giants hat

Thursday September 20th, 2012

Alex Smith will be fined $15,000 the next time he wears a San Francisco Giants hat at a post game press conference. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Alex Smith may soon be the owner of a $15,000 hat.

If the San Francisco 49ers quarterback continues to show up to post-game press conferences donning a San Francisco Giants hat, he will be fined $15,000 by the NFL for violating a league policy on wearing non-sponsored gear 90 minutes before and after games, according to a report Wednesday from Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury-News:

If he does so again, he says he’ll be fined $15,000 by the NFL.

“Yeah, can you call Larry Baer for me?” Smith asked reporters in reference to the Giants’ chief executive.

The irony, according to Inman, is that it's former 9'ers safety Merton Hanks, now an executive in the league office, who would impose the fine on Smith. In fact, the league already issued a $15,000 fine to Smith for wearing the hat but then retracted the penalty, opting instead to issue a warning; if he wears it again, he'll be out $15,000. And if he continues to wear it after every game for the rest of the reason, he will have had more $200,000 deducted from his $9 million salary.

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