Kaepernick stepped to the podium and there, around his neck were Beats by Dre, with the logo taped over. He wasn’t the only quarterback to ignore the NFL’s edict about not wearing anything not made by Bose, with whom it has an endorsement contract.
Cam Newton and Tom Brady wore Beats on Sunday, too. But Kaepernick chose to use a little tape, like Robert Griffin III, Brady and others when they wear clothing by companies other than Nike, the NFL’s official apparel company. The league wants its players to wear the gear of its corporate sponsors in TV interviews and for 90 minutes after games — and, as of this spring — that now includes Bose.
During pregame warmups, Kaepernick, who is appealing the fine and was coy last week about whether he or Beats would fork over the cash, went with the smaller Beats earbuds, as did Brady.