Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be sporting another new pair of custom cleats Sunday during warm-ups against the Miami Dolphins and this time the colorful designs will pay tribute to the late Kimbo Slice and Jose Fernandez.
Slice and Fernandez were staples in the Miami community and that’s where Brown also is from.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) October 14, 2016
“These are really important to him,” cleat designer Corey Pane said according to TMZ.
Fernandez who died suddenly last month in a boating accident at the age of 24, pitched for the Miami Marlins while Slice, who died this past June of heart failure at the age of 41, was a Bahamian-born American mixed martial artist, boxer and occasional actor.
So far this season, Brown has paid homage to his kids, in addition to the late sports icons, Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali, with his colorful customized cleats. These cleats, however, violate the league’s uniform code and because of that, it’s doubtful that Brown will wear them after he warms up Sunday in Miami.
Last week, Brown was told to change his Ali-themed shoes in the first half of the game against the New York Jets. If he didn’t he wouldn’t be allowed to resume playing. He was also fined for wearing shoes that were against the code in the opener against the Washington Redskins and was told he had to change at halftime during Week Two.