San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has found a workaround to wearing his Beats Electronics headphones during NFL press conferences. Kaepernick, who was fined $10,000 for brandishing the headphones during a postgame press conference last week, wore his pink headphones again during the Oct. 13 Monday Night Football postgame press conference, this time with the logos covered with white tape.
Beats headphones are a favorite among players, but since the NFL inked a headphone sponsorship deal with Bose Corp., Beats have been banned from being displayed on camera or on NFL property and during press conferences. Though the deal doesn’t stop players from using their preferred personal headphones, it does restrict the public display of competing headphone logos during practice session and on gameday.
Despite the new rules, a number of players, including Kaepernick, have flouted the ban, according to CNET.
It’s unclear whether Kaepernick’s previous violation of the NFL ban was part of a marketing ploy cooked up as a publicity stunt, as he has an endorsement deal with Beats.
“We’ll let that be unanswered,” Kaepernick said in response to a question last week from CSN Bay Area on whether he or Beats would pick up the $10,000 fine.
Bose and Beats were previously embroiled in a patent dispute over noise-canceling headphones. But the two settled the case out of court on Friday.