By Tom Brennan
The NFL is getting very serious about COVID-19 protocol violations.
As in heavy fines!
Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Las Vegas Raiders have been fined $500,000, coach Jon Gruden has been fined $150,000, and the league has removed a sixth-round pick for protocol violations arising from tackle Trent Brown‘s positive test last month.
The league previously had fined Gruden $100,000 and the team $250,000 for Gruden’s failure to wear a mask. The Raiders also were fined $50,000 for having an unauthorized person in the locker room, and multiple players were fined for attending an indoor event without masks away from work.
Punishment will further increase in the event of additional violations from the Raiders, whom Gruden recently proclaimed to be on the “cutting edge” of beating the virus.