New Orleans Saints‘ Alvin Kamara wore some rather festive cleats (they were intended to look like Christmas stockings) for the game against the Atlanta Falcons.
However, as a result of them not matching team colors, he was fined by the NFL in the form of $6,079.
As a result, Kamara has decided to start a GoFundMe page, according to ESPN.
“Yeah, they were worth it,” the New Orleans Saints rookie running back said before digging around in his locker to find the envelope he received from the league.
“I told everybody what I was gonna do after the game. I’m gonna make a GoFundMe [fundraising page]. I’m gonna find like a charity, maybe something that gets shoes for underprivileged kids or maybe something like a little league team out here that needs some cleats and donate the rest of the money to a team or something like that. I mean, the Grinch stole Christmas.”
Here we go!!!! Donations will be made to Willie Hall playgrounds Recreational Department right here in New Orleans to buy cleats for their youth teams.https://t.co/mRC4NXRpac
— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) December 29, 2017
Needless to say, Kamara is taking the high road, and he’s also giving back in a big way in the process.
Kamara is having a solid rookie year for the Saints. He’s rushed for 684 yards and seven touchdowns. Plus, he has also racked up 742 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. Those impressive stats have led to Kamara competing for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about the matter on Dec. 15:
The case for Kamara: Kamara has been running away with this award for the past two months. The third-round draft pick from Tennessee is already just the third rookie in NFL history with more than 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season, and there are still three games to play. He leads the league with 7.0 yards per rush — nearly 2 full yards better than any other running back. He has been doing it in dynamic fashion for a 9-4 team, routinely creating “wow” moments by breaking tackles or hurdling defenders. Kamara has been especially spectacular since Week 5. He ranks second in the NFL over the past nine weeks with 1,017 yards from scrimmage behind only Le’Veon Bell. And he’s tied with teammate Mark Ingram for a league-leading nine touchdowns during that span.
How he can win it in the final three weeks: This is Kamara’s award to lose, provided he stays healthy (he appears set to return Sunday from the concussion that sidelined him last week). The only scenario I could see that changes things is if Hunt finishes the season the way he started it and the Chiefs storm back to win the AFC West, while both Kamara and the Saints flop down the stretch. But if Kamara stays on his current pace, he’ll finish with close to 800 rushing yards, 800 receiving yards and 13-14 touchdowns to win running away. — Mike Triplett
Whether the case, Kamara has had quite the season, and we love the way he responded to the fine mentioned above.
Kamara and the rest of the Saints will close out the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 31. The Saints are currently 11-4 and have already clinched a spot in the playoffs.