Colin Kaepernick pink Beats

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for attending a press conference while sporting Beats headphones on Sunday, reports ESPN. The NFL, which entered an exclusive agreement with Bose last week, is contractually obligated to ban its players from wearing non-Bose headphones while on TV.

Kaepernick, who among many other NFL players has an endorsement deal with Beats, attended the press conference while wearing a pair of pink Beats headphones, likely in support of this month’s breast cancer awareness.

When asked if Beats was going to pay the fine, Kaepernick replied “I’m going to let that be unanswered,” somewhat acknowledging that the Apple-owned company would indeed pick up the tab.

Business is business of course. This being said and understood, how ridiculous is it that you can’t even wear the headphones of your choice?

Source: ESPN via Brockwood

  • A’s Network

    I find this stupid. Unless Bose gave the 49ers players some money for this themselves then I call this unfair.

    Also I think the players should have an individual choice of whether or not they want to wear bose or beats, because this whole thing is kinda stupid.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      I would find it stupid too… unless it says so otherwise on a contract you signed your soul to.

      • Byron C Mayes

        Of course, Kaepe signed a contract with Beats as well, before the NFL/Bose deal went into effect and most likely before it was even being negotiated.

        So he wears them to meet his previous contractual obligation, and Beats pays the measly $10K which, now that they are part of Apple, they can most certainly afford, and will likely make up quickly as a result of Kaepe wearing them.

    • Kevin Osborne

      Again, no one is saying they can’t wear them during their personal time, just not when they’re doing something for work. It’s almost like a dress code, just one they’re getting paid for. If I showed up to a work meeting in a red FUBU shirt instead of a dress shirt & tie, my boss would have every right to be upset with me as well.

      • Byron C Mayes

        Did you sign a contract with FUBU saying that they’d pay you a lot of money (plus give you free shirts) to wear them at your work meetings? And did you sign it at a time when wearing FUBU shirts at your work meetings was okay to do? If not, then your comparison is flawed.

      • Kevin Osborne

        By signing into deals outside of your work involving what you do & wear at work, you’re taking that risk. What you do at work is always up to your employer, and they have every right to change that at any given time. Dress code could change, policies could change, etc.

      • therealjjohnson

        You are not comparing the same things. A work uniform that consist of a shirt and a tie are not the same as a red FUBU shirt. If you are comparing things, you should make what you are comparing similar. If you would have used a proper comparison you would have realized there is no difference and this whole thing is silly.

        By pointing out that he wore Beats instead is free publicity got them. And makes bose look like the lesser between the two. I would rather pay a 10K fine then use your headphones. Beats wins.

      • Kevin Osborne

        I do agree this got them better publicity, but also don’t feel the NFL did anything wrong. If you’re signing into deals outside of your work involving what you do & wear at work, you’re taking that risk. What you do at work is always up to your employer, and they have every right to change that at any given time. Dress code could change, policies could change, etc.

  • Mike

    Yeah it’s quite ridiculous, but like you said; business is business.

  • John

    ‘Murica baby! Where business is more important than freedom.

  • CS

    In all honesty it isn’t a crazy as it sounds. Every NFL player has a contract with the NFL. That’s their job, and the nfl is their boss. I can’t wear a specific shirt to work. They can’t wear specific headphones. It’s not breaking their freedom, they gave the freedom up why signing with an NFL team. And for making millions and millions of dollars each year, NFl players shouldn’t complain. Should Bose help out by letting players request custom headphones possibly? Yes. Should Beats continue to pay players fines? Yes, if they want their publicity in the NFL world

    • Rowan09

      The NFL didn’t broker their deals, it was done by their agents. Are you telling me in the interest of the billionaire owners making money from them, they shouldn’t have their own personal interests? I think this is just ridiculous. Samsung has a deal with the NBA and I see people with iPads all the time. If a player wants to cover the name that should be enough. Bose doesn’t sponsor the players they are paying the owners.

      • Kevin Osborne

        No one is saying they can’t wear them during their personal time, just not when they’re doing something for work. It’s almost like a dress code, just one they’re getting paid for. If I showed up to a work meeting in a red FUBU shirt instead of a dress shirt & tie, my boss would have every right to be upset with me as well.

      • Rowan09

        If you signed a contract with FUBU and it was fine for years and now your employer is telling you stop isn’t that kind of unfair? I understand what your saying but the NFL already screws over players with non-guaranteed contracts. Just get some tape over the logo and that should be sufficient.

      • Kevin Osborne

        If you’re signing into deals outside of your work involving what you do & wear at work, you’re taking that risk. What you do at work is always up to your employer, and they have every right to change that at any given time. Dress code could change, policies could change, etc.

  • Walter White

    Michael Jordan was fined 5000 every game for wearing his red and black Air Jordans 1. Nike gladly paid the fine.

    • TwinSon

      Nike ate those fines with a smile on their face. Under Armor eats Cam Newton’s fines for breakfast.

    • Bob

      Please don’t compare Michael Jordan to this clown with pink headphones.

      • Walter White

        #1 – who are you to say who or what I can and can’t compare. If you don’t like the comparison….TFB.

        #2 – the comparison, if you had actually read, was NBA issuing a fine and Nike paying just like Beats is doing for the fine that the NFL issued. NOWHERE, did I compare Michael Jordan and Colin Kaepernick.

  • TwinSon

    And GUESS who don’t give a **** about being fined? You guessed it, Beats and their sponsored players. Beats will gladly eat $10K per player, they aren’t even tripping over it.

    • Kevin Chen

      I own both Bose and Beats headphones, and Beats have way better bass quality. Although my Bose Soundlink Mini has way better bass quality than my Beats pill speaker. Go figure.

      • Andy

        I hope you understand that sound quality isn’t just about the bass.

      • Alamo Fan

        It’s all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble.

      • Edward

        No highs no lows it must be BOSE.

      • Beta382

        If you really care about bass, you should give the Audio-Technica ATH-Pro 700 MK2 a go. Its drivers are 52mm, Beats are 40mm. And it’s half the price. Better bass, and yet the sound is still more balanced.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Half the price? They seem to be the same price as the Beats from what I’m seeing…

      • Beta382

        On the Apple store, Beats are $299.95. On the Audio-Technica website, the ATH-PRO 700 MK2 is $229.95 (MSRP), however, if you go over to Amazon, they’re $161.56 with free shipping (as of the time I posted this).

      • mrgerbik

        beats = overpriced hyped plastic

    • Kevin Osborne

      On top of that, Beats is getting even more advertising & press over this.

  • onesimpleclik

    Has Bose given all of the NFL players a set of headphones?

  • @dongiuj

    The real reason is because it’s a man wearing pink headphones.

    • Gary32283

      @dongiuj, why do you think he has pink headphones?

  • Guest

    What if they put tape over the logo? simple legal fix, right? can’t prove that they are Beats.

    • Rupinder S

      He’s most likely sponsored by Beats who will gladly pay the fine for him.

      • Rowan09

        He is.

  • Gary32283

    This little deal between Bose and the NFL is helping Apple.

  • Jamessmooth

    I don’t understand why this is even an issue. What’s the difference between this and a company one works for having a dress code? Sorry, I don’t know about most of you but this “freedom” business is insane. When I’m at work, I don’t have the same freedom to wear what I would when I’m not at work. What’s the difference here? Kaps work is telling him he’s not allowed to wear something. If the players don’t like it they can find another job.

    • Rowan09

      What about his contractual obligation to Beats before the Bose deal? Is the NFL going to buy him out?

      • M_thoroughbred

        His contract is for tv commercials and to be seen in public with unrelated NFL business that’s it. Once the cameras are rolling in regards to the NFL the headphones have to come off simple as that. This why you see many athletes in commercials with out their uniforms even if the commercial is based on the sport they play. I worked at Footlocker years ago and you couldn’t wear sneakers if the store didn’t carry them. Remember this very thing happened at the Olympics when Samsung was the main sponsor and athletes were seen using other brands.

      • Rowan09

        If he covers the logo that should be good enough. You don’t have any commercial interests outside of Footlocker so if you dont follow the rules they’ll just get rid of you. In the NFL the players are the ones making the game what it is. If Gatorade sponsored the NFL am I not allowed to drink Poland spring water now during a game? Cover up the logo should be good enough. If I was an NFL player and not getting anything for the NFL getting richer, they need to pay me something.

      • Kevin Osborne

        Agreed. I don’t think my boss will let me show up to a meeting in a FUBU shirt, even if I’m “sponsored” by them for something outside of the workplace.

      • Rowan09

        If you were allowed to wear FUBU before and got a sponsor deal with them on the contingency you will also wear it at work, then your company signs a deal with another competitor and fines you for wearing FUBU. Is it fair to you without any compensation?

      • Kevin Osborne

        If you’re going to be signing into deals outside of your work involving what you do & wear at work, you’re taking that risk. What you do at work is always up to your employer, and they have every right to change that at any given time. Dress code could change, policies could change, etc.

      • Jamessmooth

        Actually, that’s a good point. I’d be curious to see what kaps contract with beats looks like.

  • mrgerbik

    I bet Apple paid him 50,000 to wear them. Crap headphones anyways.

  • Todd Sorensen

    He can afford it.

  • Jonathan

    That’s. Just. Ridiculous.

    • Jason Baroni

      These people are not players anymore, they are just ads even for sports.

  • askep3

    Why should beats (Apple) have to pay for this, it’s the players and NFLs fault that they let him wear it

  • Oliveira311

    Since they’re making these guys tape the logos if they’re non-Bose headphones – here’s what I’d do if I were beats.

    Make a commercial with all their athletes sporting their beats headphones, logo covered with tape. Show them all wearing them up close. Then at the end, have them reveal the logo (each removing the piece of tape).

    End the commercial with “you can’t hide greatness.” (Or something along those lines)

    I guarantee you, every time you see taped up headphones, you’ll think of beats.

    Dre, hit me up on Twitter @oliveira311 for more branding tips!!!

    • Christian Mejía

      No

      • Oliveira311

        Whatever Christian. I thought we were friends…

  • Boogaloo Burrito

    LOL! Now this is Halirious. The same people praising beats in the comments section are the same people that are iFans! I guess people who only care about brand-name but crap quality have something in common.

    Sheep.

    • Rowan09

      Oh so people who liked Beats before are sheep too huh?

      • s0me

        Yes because they are/were endorsed by one of the best hiphop producers of all time. I tried the studio version and beside the design there was nothing impressing at all. Poor noise cancelling and a lot of component vibration from the bass. I listened to some cheaper and more uglier headphones and the sound was better. I dont consider myself an audiophile but some of my friends can tell you otherwise.

      • mahe

        yep, the sound of Beats is pretty ugly …

      • Rowan09

        Are you saying control 70% of the market based on a producer alone? Come on now this is just ridiculous. I’m fine with my phone headphones until I started to get into running and I recently purchased The Bluetooth Powerbeats (at a huge discount) because the Bose headsets weren’t wireless. People like what they like and don’t need to be called an iSheep because that was the original reference. Why do people buy Chanel, Louis Vuitton, or even Nike sneakers is it because they all decided by themselves it is beautiful? No it’s called marketing and brainwashing.

      • s0me

        “Why do people buy Chanel, Louis Vuitton, or even Nike sneakers is it because they all decided by themselves it is beautiful? No it’s called marketing and brainwashing.” thats exactly why he called them sheeps, they buy because of the brand name. Its not all about marketing, there are a lot of people who buy a New Era hat for ex. because they saw the other person next to them have one and they want to be as cool as them. I dont live in the USA but I have a friend who worked for a few months there and said that a lot of ppl on the streets were wearing beats headphones as a cloathing accesory, just hanging by their necks without the cable. Anyway I dont have anything against the headphones and the ppl who buy them, but you have to agree with me that the brand got so popular because of DRE. 50 cent / RZA / Ludacris have brands of headphones too and people buy them because they endorse them not because of the marketing which is 0 compared to beats.

      • Rowan09

        He called people sheep as if they all just started liking Beats because Apple bought them and that’s my point. Monster Cable made Beats popular and just used Dr. Dre as the face for the number 1 spending consumers, black people. It was all marketing and in fashion it’s always about brainwashing. Why is it all of a sudden guys are wanting to wear skinny jeans? In the past it was the metro-sexual look and definitely not in the urban community, but now almost everyone and every store sells skinny jeans.

  • s0me

    Business is business and a contract is a contract. Anything other than the pink headphones is not ridiculous.

  • Kr00

    I think the deal Bose did to lock out all other headphone makers could be argued as anti competitive, seeing as contracts with individuals existed prior to this deal.

  • NeftyCorrea

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard nfl players should wear what they want if there sponsor by beats wear the best kaepernick doesn’t care if he gets fine or not beat are his thing Bose and the nfl can go suck it lol

  • Kurt

    Hate those running the NFL

  • arvindb02

    Shit just got real!