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Here’s why Ravens QB Lamar Jackson wore gold cleats in Las Vegas — and why he won’t be fined

Ravens coach John Harbaugh talks about loss to Raiders as well as playing against Chiefs on Sunday with fans in the stands.

Those gold cleats that Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson wore Monday night — the ones that caught LeBron James’ eye, that looked straight out of Michael Johnson’s shoe closet — were a surprise to the man himself.

Before he jogged out onto the field at Allegiant Stadium, Jackson said he noticed the cleats had been left at his locker. “It was the equipment guys,” he said Wednesday. When he saw the pair, as bright as the Las Vegas Strip, he knew he’d wear them.

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“And that’s what it was,” he said. “Everyone liked it.”

That included James, who tweeted, “Lamar kicks,” along with 14 fire emojis, in the first half of the Ravens’ eventual 33-27 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Jackson said he didn’t know about the gold cleats’ existence until he saw them. An NFL spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that because gold is in the Ravens’ color scheme, there was “no issue” with the shoe choice. According to league rules, players can wear shoes that are black, white or any “constitutional team color,” or any combination thereof.

Players have paid the price for ignoring the NFL’s uniform policy. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was fined $5,000 for wearing red and green cleats on Christmas Day last season. Then-Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Hopkins was fined about $6,000 for wearing the Kanye West-inspired, gray-and-black Yeezy cleats in 2016.

Baltimore Sun reporter Ryan McFadden contributed to this report.

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