Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman expects to be fined for wearing a pair of red, white and blue cleats Sunday for the Salute to Service game.
He doesn’t care.
Norman and Panthers safety Kurt Coleman began their post-game comments after the Panthers’ 37-29 win against Green Bay by giving a shoutout to the soldiers who were honored at Bank of America Stadium.
Norman’s tribute could cost him. He’s likely to get fined because his custom-made Adidas cleats – emblazoned with the words, “proud, brave” – did not feature the Panthers’ color scheme.
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“Price we pay for freedom and I’ll take that any day,” Norman said. “Big ups to them and everything they do for our country.”
The NFL fined Norman $11,000 last season for wearing cleats that were predominantly silver in a November loss at Minnesota.