New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis said he has won an appeal of $7,017 fine handed to him by the NFL for wearing the Man of God headband.
Davis wore the headband under his helmet during the Week 3 contest against the Seahawks at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. Along the way, Davis picked up support from St. Louis King of France Catholic School in New Orleans where students created their own headbands Tuesday with the words “Child of God” written across them.
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WOWWW look at this!! So my agent just told me that I won my appeal and won’t have to pay the headband fine!! Then I see that St. Louis King France came together today to support the movement! Won’t he do it! Look at all these beautiful children of God! Always glory above so I’m taking every penny of that original $7,017 fine and donating it to @stdomhospital anyways. So far, we’ve raised over $30,000 for them from the headbands!! That means yall helped me turn a $7,000 negative into an almost $40,000 positive benefiting people who truly need it!!! Do y’all see how that worked?? Let’s gooooo. That’s crazy! Ya’ll are a part of this journey too!! I can’t thank ya’ll enough either. We on a mission over here obstacles are meant to be conquered!! I’m truly blessed as anybody. We’re restocked on the site with more #ManOfGod and #WomanOfGod color options and have added #ChildOfGod. If you haven’t purchased yours yet or didn’t get the color you wanted, donations will continue to go to @stdomhospital so now is the time to stock up! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! #ManOfGod #WomanOfGod #ChildOfGod #WhoDat #TheSaintsAreTheBestTeam Get your headband at: bit.ly/56manofgod (link in bio)
On Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, Davis said in an Instagram post that his agent informed him that he had won his appeal and won’t have to pay the fine, according to NOLA.com.
The eighth-year NFL player, in his second season with the Saints, said he plans to donate what he would have paid to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where he grew up.
Davis has raised more than $30,000 for the hospital from his Man of God headbands.
Davis earlier spoke out about being hit with the fine, saying he was unaware that the headband constituted a uniform violation.
The league fines players and coaches for several things, including uniform violations. The minimum fine for a first offense to the policy against displaying personal messages while wearing the uniform is $7,017.
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