Gay’s mother was killed in an act of domestic violence and he appears in an NFL public service “no more” announcement, but he was at peace with the fine. “I broke the rule,” he told Kinkhabwala. His hope is that the NFL will donate the fine money to a domestic violence cause.
He also has asked the league to relax its rigid uniform regulations for one weekend a year to allow players to publicly advocate a case. That seems about as likely as playing a game on Mars in the near future.
Williams’s mother died of breast cancer in 2010 and initially he wanted to honor her by wearing pink throughout the season, a request the NFL denied because it occurred outside it’s officially sanctioned (and marketed) October observance of breast cancer awareness.
Last weekend, though, he wore “Tackle Cancer” eye black. It was officially sanctioned by the league.