NFL teams and coaches who didn’t wear masks during games face more than $1 million in fines


Two more NFL teams, the New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders, are being fined $250,000 each because their head coaches were not wearing face coverings during a game Monday. The head coaches, Sean Payton of the Saints and Jon Gruden of the Raiders, are being fined $100,000 each.

On Monday, three other NFL teams the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers were fined because their coaches were not wearing face coverings during games on Sunday. The three head coaches of those teams Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Denver’s Vic Fangio and San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan were fined $100,000 per person.

A week ago, Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, sent a memo to clubs cautioning coaching personnel to wear their masks at all times. In the memo, Vincent said failure to adhere to the protocols in place would lead to sanctions, according to quotes within the memo.

The memo came after several NFL coaches were seen not following league protocols for face coverings during the first NFL Sunday since the coronavirus pandemic.


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