Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Fined For Wearing Apple Watch

John Healy
October 06, 2019 - 10:53 am

For the second time this season, a player's watch is causing a stir in the NFL.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was fined $5,000 for wearing on Apple Watch on the sidelines of last week’s Monday Night Football game.

The NFL does not allow anyone on the sidelines to have any electronic devices that can be used to transmit messages.

Roethlisberger, who is out the remainder of the season after having surgery on his right elbow, was reportedly “livid” over the fine and plans to appeal, arguing that he was never given a warning to take the watch off.

Per ESPN, Roethlisberger did not realize he had on the Apple Watch. His wife had helped dress him because he is unable to use his right arm and put the Apple Watch on his wrist.

This is the NFL’s second incident this season involving a player and a watch. In Week 1, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wore a $200,000 watch while playing in their game against the Tennessee Titans.

Because Beckham’s watch could not transmit messages, he was not fined but was advised by the league that wearing it violated a rule about hard objects that are not part of the standard uniform.

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