Earlier this week, the NFL hit the Las Vegas Raiders with stiff penalties for the team’s “brazen and repeated violations of [COVID-19] protocols.”
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported the NFL fined the Raiders $500,000 and stripped the team of a sixth-round draft pick. Head coach Jon Gruden also received a six-figure fine for not wearing his mask on the sideline.
Two days after the punishment was levied, Raiders owner Mark Davis wasn’t exactly happy with the decision. Davis called the fines “draconian” and made it clear the team will appeal them.
“The fines are draconian,” Davis told ESPN on Friday. “But we will appeal them. Outside the organization, people have the wrong impression about the Raiders. We take it seriously. It’s unfortunate that certain things outside the protocol are the things being focused on, rather than the positive steps we’ve taken as an organization. You’ve been in the building. You’ve seen it.”
Raiders’ owner Mark Davis calls virus fines ‘draconian’:https://t.co/Lx4qhDTURS
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2020
The Raiders have been hit hard for its failure to live up to COVID-19 protocols this season.
Earlier this season, the NFL fined Las Vegas $250,000 and Gruden $100,000 for his not wearing a mask properly during the team’s Week 2 home opener.
In total the league fined the Raiders over $1 million through the first half of the season. The NFL sent a clear message with hefty fines, but made it even more clear by starting to take away draft picks.
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