NFL threatened to eject Antonio Brown for wearing Muhammad Ali shoes

Steelers wide receiver was forced to change his cleats after two drives after an NFL official threatened to eject him from the game

Antonio Brown made another distinctive footwear option on Sunday but he again discovered that the NFL doesnt take kindly to rule breaches.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver wore a special pair of cleats that featured Muhammad Ali for the game against the Jets on Sunday, but he was forced to change them after two drives after NFL officials threatened to toss him from the game.

Brown was apparently told that he wouldnt be allowed back on the field unless he complied. So he switched to black shoes with white trim.

I thought it was OK, but I made the adjustment, Brown said.

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Last week, Brown wore shoes sporting an image of Arnold Palmer, the golfing great who died last week aged 87. Palmer grew up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The NFL doesnt appreciate players flouting the rules on uniform and footwear, and insists players shoes must match team colors. In the first game of the season, Brown wore blue shoes and was given a penalty of $9,000 because the blue clashed with the Steelers base colors of black and yellow.

This season, Brown has faced virtually $50,000 in fines for excessive touchdown celebrations and uniform violations. There are rules and guidelines youve got to follow. Ive just got to follow the rules, Brown said.

Brown caught nine pass totaling 78 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers 31 -1 3 win over the Jets.

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