Kitna fined for wearing cap with cross Posted: Friday December 19, 2003 1:59AM; Updated: Friday December 19, 2003 1:59AM
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna says the NFL has fined him $5,000 for wearing a baseball-style cap marked with a cross.
In wearing the cap at his postgame news conferences, Kitna apparently violated an NFL rule that prohibits the wearing of non-NFL apparel immediately after a game. Television footage of Kitna, an avid reader of the Bible, has shown him wearing the red cap marked with white cross at the news conferences.
"That's what happens when you don't follow the rules," Kitna told the Bengals' Web site on Thursday. "I won't wear it any more. The Bible says submit to the authorities placed above you. The authorities say that's the rule."
Kitna said, however, he plans to appeal the fine because he thought the NFL rule just applied to competitors' products.
The NFL has often levied similar fines against other players for what the league has judged to be uniform violations.
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#22 Posted on 19.12.03 0941.56 Reposted on: 19.12.10 0942.08
Good show from Kitna on his response. No badmouthing the league or anything over a pre-existing rule. And I will point out that this wouldn't be a story except for the cross on his hat, but only because I'm sure someone will decide to be offended by the fine no matter what the rule was.