Saints and Patriots are the latest NFL teams who have been punished for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols and have been fined as well as the loss of a draft pick.
Once again, the NFL exhibit their no-compromise stance regarding any violation of the COVID-19 protocols that have been put to effect for the ongoing season and New Orleans Saints as well as New England Patriots are the latest to be penalised as both teams breached the protocols in the past weeks.
Saints fined $500k, lose 7th round draft pick for maskless celebration
According to a report from NFL Media’s, Ian Rapoport, Saints were charged $500,000 as well as losing a 7th round draft pick due to their celebration in the locker room without masks following their dominating 38-3 victory against the Bucs on Week 9.
This is the second time Saints have violated the league’s protocols this season. Earlier, the team, as well as head coach Sean Payton, were fined $250,000 and $100,000 respectively. Las Vegas Raiders also faced a likewise penalty at the same time.
Patriots charged $350k for mishandling of Cam Newton’s COVID test in October
Patriots have been fined $350,000 for the improper way the COVID-19 positive test of their quarterback Cam Newton was handled back in October, which forced the postponement of their Week 4 clash against Chiefs.
Due to the recent surge of COVID cases, the NFL has ordered each and every team to halt all their in-person activities this coming Monday and Tuesday. All teams are to prohibit any practice session as well as hold their team meetings virtually, a memo from the league commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed.