Stop Fining NFL Players for Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Target: NFL CEO Roger Goodell

Goal: Stop fining players for showing support of cancer awareness.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, who lost his mother to breast cancer last year, was slapped with a $5,757 fine, according to the NFL Network’s reporter, for having the breast cancer ribbon on his eye blacks in support of breast cancer awareness month. The text under Williams’ eyes read “find the cure.”

Sadly, Williams’ case isn’t an isolated event as cornerback William Gay was also fined for the same and another player was fined twice earlier in the month for honoring his father who died of brain cancer on his eye blacks. The NFL’s apparent problem with breast cancer awareness is insensitive and disgusting. Fining players over raising breast cancer awareness — an issue that affects millions of people — is selfish, greedy, and insulting to those who’ve been affected by, survived, or lost a loved one to breast cancer. Sign this petition to demand that the petty fines be cancelled and stopped indefinitely.


Dear NFL CEO Roger Goodell,

We are highly disappointed to learn that DeAngelo Williams and William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers were reportedly fined for wearing eye blacks in support of breast cancer awareness. Williams lost his mother to breast cancer last year and it’s disheartening that you would issue such enormous fines over something completely harmless.

This behavior, if the NFL Network reporter’s statements are true, reflects poorly on you guys and shows a severe lack of sensitivity to the millions of people, including the players you’ve fined  who’ve been affected by the tragedy of breast cancer. We implore you to cancel these petty fines and stop the penalization of players for supporting cancer awareness.


[Your Name Here]

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