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Saints' Davis: Headband fine helped in the long run

New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Demario Davis (56) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. The Saints won 31-24. AP Photo/Butch Dill)

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints linebacker Demario Davis says being fined for wearing his "Man of God" headband helped his cause in the long run.

Davis says he'd worn the headband expressing his faith for several games before the NFL took note of the uniform violation and fined him about $7,000.

The New Orleans defensive captain was able to successfully appeal the fine by arguing that he was not aware that expressing his faith in that way violated NFL policies against using uniforms to convey personal messages on game day.

The linebacker also emphasized that he intended to sell the headbands to raise money for a hospital in his home state of Mississippi that needs emergency room upgrades and he agreed not to wear it again during games.

Davis says the appeals process helped promote his charitable efforts and his faith. As the for the fine he no longer has to pay, Davis says that's all going to his charitable efforts, too.

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Updated October 10, 2019

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