The celebrations of Week 8 victory over Cleveland Browns turned out to be short-lived for Las Vegas Raiders as the club has been penalised over breaching the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, according to a recent report.
The COVID-19 pandemic has more or less impacted all world sports activities this year and like the others, the NFL has adopted a number of protocols for the ongoing season to prevent any possibility of contamination of the virus within the teams, which include mandatory use of masks and prohibition of the gathering of more than nine or more people in bars or clubs, as well as any indoor events.
However, there have been several cases of breaching such protocols among the Las Vegas Raiders contingent in recent times. Back in September, head coach Jon Gruden was seen without masks on multiple occasions.
Moreover, several Raiders players recently had attended a fundraiser without masks, hosted by tight end Darren Waller. Many of them were fined $15,000, including QB Derek Carr, while Waller himself was fined $30,000. Another lead revealed that the team let an unauthorized person get into the locker room following one match.
Las Vegas Raiders, Gruden sustain heavy fine for multiple violations of the league’s COVID protocols
As per a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Raiders team has been fined Team fined $500,000, along with a $150,000 fine for Gruden, who was earlier fined $100,000 and later decided to wear a very small mask.
In addition to the above, the Raiders have also been stripped of the 6th round draft pick in 2021.
Here are some violations, per source:
🏈HC Jon Gruden has not consistently worn a mask.
🏈Players attended a large indoor gathering.
🏈Team allowed an unauthorized person into its locker room after a game.
Now team has fined half million, Gruden $150k and loss of a 6th. https://t.co/tlgggkJEE9
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 6, 2020
Back in October, Raiders OT Trent Brown had tested positive for COVID-19 and following that, the repeated violations of the league’s protocols have landed the Raiders into the NFL’s bad book.
With four wins and three losses, Raiders are currently 2nd in AFC West. They will take on Los Angeles Chargers at the SoFi Stadium in Week 9.