Winnipeg Blue Bombers fullback Jon Oosterhuis has actually been fined $250 — not the $200 first reported — by the CFL for wearing pink gloves in support of cancer awareness during a regular season game against the Toronto Argonauts on Oct. 23.
The fine was for violating uniform policy, which states that players must wear team-approved colours only.
Oosterhuis told reporters in Edmonton on Friday that he accepted the verdict without complaint.
“I broke the dress code rules, so I got fined,” said Oosterhuis, one of several CFL players who were fined for wearing pink. “I don’t mind.”
Especially, since the fine actually means more free publicity for the cause.
“I wore the gloves and the results showed for themselves,” he said.
The CFL had denied a request to wear pink on their uniforms in support of the charity this month
"We don't really have any comment on this particular issue," said Jason Permanand, communications specialist for the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division. "We always support cancer awareness as much as possible, but we don't have any way of understanding how sports franchises work."
The NFL has a similar uniform rule, but they have an exemption during October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month — allowing its players to don pink colours.
Most of the Bombers players wore pink gloves during practice in early October to help raise money for the Keeping Abreast Fund in support of breast cancer reconstruction surgery, research and education. The gloves were autographed and placed online for auction. The CFL does allow teams to do that.
The CFL has said it chooses not to support one cause over another, but is considering doing something for the 2011 season.
"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," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon recently wrote on CFL.ca.
"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."