HENDERSON, Nev. – Las Vegas Raiders were fined $ 500,000 and stripped of the six-round option in the draft 2021 and coach Jon Gruden was fined an additional $ 150,000 by the NFL for what a source for ESPN described as “shameless and violated many times [COVID-19] protocols. “
This happened after the Raiders were fined $ 250,000 and Gruden $ 100,000 for not properly masking in the team’s opening Week 2 match and the team was fined an additional $ 50,000 for allowing an employee. No certificate in the locker room then game.
Additionally, Darren Waller was fined $ 30,000 and nine teammates, including midfielder Derek Carr, were fined $ 15,000 each for appearing on October 5 at a Waller Foundation charity event without cover. face and join the crowd.
In total, Las Vegas received a $ 1,185 million fine for violating the COVID-19 protocol, and Raiders were the first team to lose a draft due to the breach.
Both Gruden, who says he got the virus this summer, as well as owner Mark Davis – who told ESPN in late September, “The boys have to be stricter against the virus; that’s still Our toughest opponent. ” – responded to comment immediately, although Gruden is expected to speak to the media on Friday.
Yahoo Sports first reported the penalties on Thursday.
Two weeks ago, Pro Bowl right opponent Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19, but because he did not wear his tracer at the team facility and some of the players were not present. masked after rookie Damon Arnette switched to the List 19 reserve, the other four members of the Las Vegas starting attack line – left Kolton Miller, left-back Denzelle Good, midfielder Rodney Hudson and right-back Gabe Jackson – are considered high-risk people and all must quarantine themselves. in Week.
In fact, the Raiders’ main scheduled match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that week was switched from start to afternoon and all four were not allowed to play until the morning of the match without training. practice.
Brown dropped off the COVID-19 list last week and is expected to start in Cleveland, but a malfunction in IV pregnancy left him overnight in the local hospital. He returned to the Raiders on Wednesdays and Thursdays, still dealing with viral complications, back to the COVID-19 list.
On Tuesday, the NFL and NFL Players’ Association released updated COVID-19 protocols after aggressive in-game tests resulted in some high-risk close contact. The federation currently recommends players and staff wear side masks during the match.
Raiders have been warned several times about specific violations, but those breaches continued despite the warnings, the sources said. More stringent penalties may apply if there are additional violations.
Gruden, who applied the spell “Crush the Virus” in the training camp, caused a stir last week with the Raiders seen as a cautionary tale.
“I’m really proud of our organization and what we’ve done,” he said at the time. “There are a lot of things I think have been written and talked about some of the offenses we committed. We’re working on the virus. What we have done as a top organization is. “
ESPN NFL Insiders Dan Graziano and Adam Schefter contributed to this report