Worry about player safety, not my socks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — While answering a question about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s injury situation and player safety, Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey took the conversation in a different direction Saturday.

“Player safety should be one of the most important things to talk about,” Ramsey said. “It should probably be talked about more. And then s– like a fine for socks… or s– like a fine for tights or BS or something. … It doesn’t need to be talked about So much.”

Ramsey, who said he’s been fined every week for a uniform infraction this season, said the league should worry less about the color of his socks and instead focus on talking more about player safety .

“That’s the stuff they have to emphasize [on]’ Ramsey said. “Don’t freak out, ‘Oh, his socks are too high,’ or ‘His socks are too low,’ or something like that. This is so lame. I’m so beyond that.”

Ramsey said he was fined every week despite checking on the sidelines with the person in charge of uniform guidelines before each game. He said his Week 1 fine for wearing knee pads that didn’t cover his knees was reduced after filing an appeal with photo evidence. He said he was fined in weeks 2 and 3 for not having the right socks on.

“I’ll continue to be fined because I’m going to be overbearing out there,” Ramsey said. “I’ll be wearing the same thing this week too, so I’m ready for the punishment. Come on, huh?

“But I’m playing the game with integrity, right? I’m playing the game the right way. I try to make sure people are safe. Of course I want to go out there and hurt my opponents and scare them and all that. But I put it on, I don’t want to hurt anybody. But that’s what the game is about. It’s not about the other BS. I just wish I could maybe start the conversation now. …

“If we want to go out there and look good and it doesn’t harm the integrity of the game, why are you fined me $10,000 for my socks?” That does not make sense.”

Ramsey said he will double the money he has been penalized this season and donate it to a charity.

He also said he has a problem with the NFL penalizing players for uniform violations but then making money off the players and their clothing.

“We’re not taking away from the integrity of the game,” Ramsey said. “Who cares, right? These kids think that’s cool. They want to fine us and do all that, but then they want to glorify us and promote us and make money off of us when the boys are out there strutting around. And then they monetize it, right? The kids are going to want to buy the stuff we’re wearing, right? …

“I don’t know why they put so much emphasis on it and then end up trying to make money out of it, right? It’s just lame for me.”

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34703211/worry-player-safety-not-my-socks Worry about player safety, not my socks

Emma Bowman

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