I’m not sure about Beckham and Cruz, but the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association told the Tennessean that it and another police union will pay Williamson’s fines if he’s disciplined.
“The PAPD is the police department that has always patrolled the World Trade Center complex. On September 11, 2001, the PAPD lost 37 police officers at the World Trade Center, the largest, single loss ever suffered by a police department in the history of American law enforcement,” the union said in a statement. “We read, with understandable interest, your piece on Avery Williamson and the NFL’s stance on Avery honoring the September 11th victims. We, along with the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, are offering to pay any reasonable fine levied by the NFL if Avery chooses to wear his 9/11 cleats.”
The league loves to fine players for their awesome gestures, so it will definitely be interesting to see if they’ll risk the PR hit for levying a fine to a player over a 9/11 tribute.