A New Orleans Saints linebacker says he will stop wearing a “Man of God” headband after being fined by the NFL.
The Saints’ Demario Davis wore a headband with the words “Man of God” the first three weeks of the season before the NFL noticed and fined him $7,017. League policy prohibits “personal messages” on the uniform.
A second violation would have resulted in a fine roughly double that amount: $14,037, the Times-Picayune newspaper reported.
“I don't think a lot of people were aware of the policy that was in place – I wasn't even fully aware of it,” Davis told the newspaper about the policy and his headband. “I just wanted to put it out and just kind of help fans who care about the game understand a more intricate part of the game.”
He received plenty of support on social media – as well as pleas for him to continue wearing it – although he eventually decided not to don it again.
“Of course you don't want to be fined,” Davis told the newspaper. “Nobody wants to lose money but I think any time that the conversation about God is brought up, especially in these times, I think it's always a positive or silver lining.”
Davis, who played college football at Arkansas State, hopes to sell Man of God headbands to benefit a charity and/or Christian organization, he told the Times-Picayune.
“If He can get glory from it, I think He can get glory from it whether I personally wear the headband or don’t wear the headband,” he said. “He's always gonna be in control of the whole situation. We’re still all good.”
The controversy has helped Davis gain fans.
“Thank you for being unashamed of your faith no matter the earthly consequences,” one person on Twitter wrote.
“We need ‘Man of God’ headbands available STAT.!!! Lol. They can fine you, but not us,” another fan wrote.
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.