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New York Giants Rumors: Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz Rightly Not Fined By NFL For 9-11 Tribute Cleats [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Sep 14, 2016 07:30 PM EDT
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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (13). (Photo : Getty Images)

The first NFL Sunday of the season fell on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Players around the league paid tribute to the victims and all those who were impacted by that dark day in American history.

Two of those players paying homage were Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, who play for the Giants, whose MetLife Stadium home is very close to where the Twin Towers once stood.

Though Beckham and Cruz were suiting up for a game in Dallas, their wardrobe showed their hearts and thoughts were with New York and the rest of the country.

The receivers donned patriotic-themed cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.

Even though their intentions were pure, the NFL is very strict with its policy on what players can and cannot wear. There was a belief the league would likely fine Cruz, Beckham and others who went against the dress code.

Surprisingly, the NFL has opted not to fine either player, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

It's the right call as it's bad enough players were boycotting the National Anthem on a day of remembrance. Regardless of what their protest was for, 9-11 is a day of remembrance and unity.

With the Giants being a representative of New York and the day being as significant as it is, the NFL deserves credit for not taking action against the players who donned commemorative merchandise.

They can make their millions on everything else.

Prior to the news of there being no fines, Beckham believed he would be fined.
"I haven't heard from (the league)," Beckham told ESPN's Jordan Raanan on Wednesday afternoon. "They'll probably fine me. They fine me for everything. They fine me for smiling."

Added Cruz: "It's for a good cause."

The Giants opened their season 1-0 by defeating the rival Cowboys, 20-19.

Cruz scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown -- patriotic cleats and all.

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