Raiders Fined, Lose Sixth-Round Pick For Latest COVID-19 Violation

     

Charles Robinson is reporting that the NFL is fining the Las Vegas Raiders $500,000 and HC Jon Gruden $150,000 for their most recent COVID-19 protocol violations related to the situation involving T Trent Brown.

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The league is also stripping the team of a sixth-round draft pick for the violations, according to Robinson.

The Raiders were already previously fined, and the increased consequences were due to them being a “repeat offender.”

Dan Graziano is told the Raiders are being punished for “brazen and repeated” violations of the protocols. Las Vegas has been warned more than once about specific violations.

Should there be any more issues, Graziano says more severe penalties would likely be handed down. 

The prior fine was for allowing a non-credentialed employee into the locker room following their win over the Saints.

An unauthorized team employee reportedly entered the Raiders’ locker room without the credentials to do so after the game.

The team had also been fined $250,000 and Gruden $100,000 because Gruden was not consistently wearing his mask while on the sideline.

Gruden later told reporters that he had the virus and is “very sensitive” about the matter.

“I’ve had the virus,” Gruden 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.”

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