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NFL bans off-facility gatherings on the same day several Raiders get fined
The NFL is frustrated with the lack of compliance of its coronavirus guidelines and clearly the Raiders are among the top culprits.
The league had a conference call on Monday with all teams and among the changes in the guidelines are that there will be no off-site team gatherings. That news came just minutes after the NFL Network reported that 10 Raiders were fined for not wearing masks at Darren Waller’s fundraiser last Monday night at a country club in Henderson, Nevada.
The Raiders chose not to fine the players, but the NFL levied the fines anyway, ranging from $30,000 to $15,000 each.
Source confirms NFL Network report of fines for #Raiders: Darren Waller ($30,000). Derek Carr, Derek Carrier, Zay Jones, Nevin Lawson, Erik Magnuson, Foster Moreau, Nathan Peterman, Hunter Renfrow and Jason Witten ($15,000 each)
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) October 5, 2020
This is the third different incident that the Raiders have been fined for violating the NFL’s coronavirus guidelines.
The #Raiders’ running total of known COVID-related fines is now at $565,000:
$250K for club – sideline mask violation
$165K for players not wearing masks at fundraiser
$100K for Jon Gruden – sideline mask violation
$50K for unauthorized locker room visitor
It’s only Week 4.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 5, 2020
All teams risk suspensions, loss of draft picks and even forfeiting games if issues continue. Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden, who was shown not wearing his mask Sunday against Buffalo, said Monday he thinks his team is doing well and following the guidelines.
2) Gruden on player fines: . . . I’ll reiterate that I’m very proud of our players and our staff, the job that we’ve done handling this virus. And it will continue.”
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) October 5, 2020