Until last week, the third-year quarterback had donned the logo on his helmet since his rookie season – a total of 35 games – without incident.
League policy states that:
"No invisible identification of a manufacturer's name or logo on the exterior of a helmet or on any attachment to a helmet is permitted unless provided for under a commercial arrangement between the League and manufacturer."
Nike, the league's official uniform apparel partner through 2016, reportedly plunked down a cool $1.1 billion to prevent players from wearing any other logos.
Ironically – if not for an article published on Forbes.com last week – the infraction would have likely remained undetected.
Although no other players have been fined for this specific violation, Newton isn't the only one to have sported Under Armour helmet clips.
According to Forbes, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon have also worn them.
Additionally, the Charlotte Observer reported that several of Newton's teammates – including DeAngelo Williams, Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson – were photographed wearing the clips this season.
The league also fined:
- Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict ($31,000)
- Bengals safety George Iloka ($15,000)
- Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate ($21,000)
- Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer ($21,000)
- Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown ($7,875)
- Eagles kicker Alex Henery ($15,750)
- Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley ($10,000)
- Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant ($7,875)
- Chargers offensive lineman Jeromey Clary ($7,875)
- Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus ($15,750)
Of those players, only Newton and Bryant were penalized for non-player safety violations.
In total, the NFL collected more than $150,000 in fines.
Where does all that money go?
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