WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Monday, National Football League (NFL) coaches Jon Gruden (Las Vegas Raiders) and Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints) were fined with $100,000 each by the league for violating its mask-wearing policy.
- During the game, Gruden was seen having his mask around his chin while Payton barely wore a mask.
- The league imposed a penalty of more than $1 million to coaches Vic Fangio (Denver Broncos), Pete Caroll (Seattle Seahawks) and Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers).
According to the National Football League (NFL) Network report by Tom Pelissero, coaches Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders and Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints have been fined with a $100,000 each by the NFL for their failure to wear their masks appropriately during the Monday game.
Each of their respective teams will also get a fine amounting to $250,000.
During the game, both coaches appeared to have repeatedly breached the league’s policy on face masks mandate. Payton did not wear a mask for almost the entire game while Gruden’s mask was most of the time placed around his chin.
During the Raiders-Saints game, NFL announced that three coaches and their teams ━ Coach Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos, Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, and Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers ━ were also given sanctions of over $1 million for the improper wearing of masks during the Sunday’s game.
Unfortunately, nobody informed Gruden and Payton while they were on the sideline.
In a September 14 memo, the league set out its policy on mask-wearing, stating that violations will be met by “accountability measures.” The coaching staff is mandated to wear face coverings, making sure that “it securely fits across the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent transmission of the virus.”
A six-figure fine is waiting for a breach of “accountability measures.”
After the game, Gruden shared that he got infected with COVID-19 during the summer. He already expected that he might face a fine following his violation.
Since the reopening of the season two weeks ago, the league has been doing well in handling the games, even with the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The NFL is doing its best to avoid any potential outbreak among its staff as well as the players, coaches, and other workers. Safety precautions have been the league’s utmost priority.