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NFL Fines Juju Smith-Schuster for Wearing His Socks Too Low — Yes, You Read That Right

The NFL hit two Pittsburgh Steelers players with an unexpected fine that has left fans reeling.

JuJu Smith-Schuster and teammate James Conner were hit with fines of $5,000 this week for wearing their socks too low during the matchup against the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 25. The league’s rule states that players must wear their socks up to the hem of their pants to cover the entirety of their lower leg.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster at the Pittsburgh Steelers versus Tennessee Titans game on Oct. 25.
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James Conner at the Pittsburgh Steelers versus Tennessee Titans game on Oct. 25.

Smith-Schuster shared the news of the fine on his Instagram Stories last night, posting an image of the official letter he received from the league. In the photo, the 23-year-old athlete circled the detail reading: “Specifically, your stockings failed to cover your lower leg.”

In his next store, Smith-Schuster shared an image of a similar note with his teammate James Conner’s name displayed, writing: “Don’t worry y’all, James got fined too.”

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After the news broke of the fines, both Steelers and football fans took to social media to discuss the abnormal topic. Most were confused by the fine, using Twitter to share their thoughts on the NFL’s decision.

Other accounts used the moment to spread some humor, writing things like: “JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner were both fined $5,000 for showing too much leg.”

A few other users also drew attention to the fact that another NFL athlete, Marcus Peters of the Baltimore Ravens, tends to wear his socks low as well and has, to public knowledge, never been fined for it.

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