Raiders Under Investigation For COVID-19 Protocol Violations

Raiders HC Jon Gruden was one of a handful of head coaches to be slapped with a $100K fine for not consistently wearing his mask during his team’s Week 2 game, and the Raiders themselves were handed a $250K fine for Gruden’s indiscretion. And the league isn’t finished with Las Vegas just yet.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported several days ago that a team was under investigation for “unauthorized locker room access” (Twitter link), and as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com wrote last night, that team is the Raiders. This season, only 40 employees in each organization are allowed to be in the locker room, and an unauthorized Raiders employee allegedly entered the locker room following the team’s win against the Saints on Monday night.

If that allegation turns out to be true, then the league will impose discipline, according to Schefter. It seems likely that such discipline would come in the form of additional fines, but the NFL is apparently willing to go further if necessary.

Indeed, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says coaches who continue to violate COVID-19 protocols will not only face fines several times higher than the $100K penalty doled out this week, they could also face suspension. Even draft pick forfeiture is not out of the question, and to drive that point home, the coaches who received fines also received a letter from the NFL that included the following language: “[f]uture violations of this rule or any other league policy … will result in increased accountability measures for you, individually, as well as your club.”

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says that all coaches who were fined have filed appeals (Twitter link). That includes Gruden, who said, “I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it. … I’m calling plays. I just want to communicate in these situations, and if I get fined, I’ll have to pay the fine. But I’m very sensitive about that and I apologize.” The appeals will be heard this week.

Interestingly, Gruden also indicated that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. He did not divulge many details on his experience, saying only, “it wasn’t pleasant” (Twitter link via Pelissero).

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7 comments on “Raiders Under Investigation For COVID-19 Protocol Violations

  1. crosseyedlemon

    I’m wondering what size fine Gruden would be looking at if he started wearing a “Chuckie” mask along the sidelines.

  2. homeunderdog

    people freaking about the masks are such sheep.. i feel bad for them

    • jb19

      Yea, same people claiming the effectiveness of masks are the same people claiming that they “believe in science” but don’t really pay attention to what most scientists say about masks…. you can get COVID, or the flu, and still wear a mask 24/7. You can contract it through a variety of ways, including through your eyes. Should we ask these people who “believe in science” if we need a nation wide mandate on wearing goggles? It’s just comical at this point. Dumb A***es wearing face shields still makes me lol.

      • Alex Jones

        It must hurt to have absolutely no critical thinking skills whatsoever, huh? :(

        You suckers have been stuck at home while the 5G towers have been going up so that the evil left can brainwash you all and that impotent president hasn’t been able to do a damn thing about it. So frustrating :(

    • GoLandCrabs

      Masks for people who are tested every day and have to live throught strict protocols is just not necessarily.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Well the problem there is that once you decide to get lazy and cut corners, you head down a slippery slope and eventually find that your strict protocols have become anything but strict.

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