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article imageCanadian football player fined for wearing pink gloves

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 29, 2010 in Sports
Winnipeg - A Winnipeg Blue Bombers player has been fined for wearing pink gloves to support breast cancer awareness during a CFL football game.
Jon Oosterhuis wore the gloves on October 23, during a game against the Toronto Argonauts.
CBC News reported that the Canadian Football League fined him $200 for not following the policy which states players are only to wear team-approved colours.
Players on a few teams had requested to be allowed to wear the gloves, as NFL players have been permission to do, but were told they were not allowed.
Marcus Adams, of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, had wanted to wear pink gloves during a game to honour his mother, who is fighting breast cancer.
"It's very frustrating because this is a professional league, and the NFL is a professional league, and that whole league supports pink and breast cancer and stuff like that, and I don't understand why this league don't support it and I never will," Adams told Regina’s NewsTalk 980 radio station.
He was informed that any player wearing pink would be removed from the field until they removed the item which violated policy.
Several CFL players wore pink gloves during practice. Autographed gloves were later put online for auction.
The National Football League allows pink items such as gloves, shoes, sweatbands, mouth guards and chin straps during October. All items are later auctioned to raise funds for charities.
"If we are going to allow our uniforms to be used to support any single cause, we need to ensure it is done the right way, backed by a comprehensive, league-wide public awareness and fundraising campaign, something that wasn't in place this season but that we're considering for next season," Mark Cohon, commissioner of the Canadian Football League, wrote in an online column.
"We also need to ensure that in embracing one cause through our uniform policy, we are being fair to the many others who turn to our league for support."
He said the league is planning to take part in discussions with the Canadian Cancer Society during the off-season.
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