If you were paying close attention to Sunday’s Steelers-Eagles game in Philadelphia, you may have noticed a slight change in Antonio Brown’s uniform at halftime.
During the first half, Brown looked like this:
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In the second half, Brown looked like this:
The change lies in the Steelers wide receiver’s footwear, as Brown swapped the electric baby blue cleats he wore during the first two quarters for some more basic team-colored cleats in the second half. He didn’t do it by choice.
The blue cleats, which depict the faces of Brown’s children, are definitely a league uniform violation, but it’s not too often you hear of players getting threatened with ejection for a slight uniform violation. In fact, Brown wore the blue cleats during Pittsburgh’s season opener against Washington this year and he gladly accepted the fine that came as a result, saying that it was "nothing to a boss."
However, the league reserves the right to disallow players from competing if a uniform violation is spotted. It appears that Brown wasn’t willing to accept a possible ejection as a result of wearing the cleats, so he changed. It’ll be interesting to see whether he straps them on again for this weekend’s Sunday Night Football game against the Chiefs.