The NFL is not messing around with its COVID-19 safety protocols.
Just ask the Broncos’ Vic Fangio, Seahawks’ Pete Carroll and 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, who were reportedly fined $100,000 apiece after they were seen not wearing masks on the sidelines of their respective games Sunday. The NFL also fined their teams $250,000 each, resulting in a total of $1.05 million in fines in Week 2.
Those penalties come after the league sent a strongly worded memo to teams on Sept. 14 mandating coaches wear some form of face covering while on the sideline.
Coaches throughout the league have experienced difficulties regarding face coverings: Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s face mask was nearly completely fogged up by the end of his team’s “Thursday Night Football” win over the Texans, prompting Ravens coach John Harbaugh to rethink what he would wear. And then there was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who wore his mask over his nose (but still managed to avoid fines).
NFL fines regarding face coverings could continue to grow after the Raiders’ 34-24 win on “Monday Night Football.” Both Sean Payton of the Saints and Jon Gruden of the Raiders were seen without masks on their faces.
If the league remains consistent, then those teams and coaches could be fined a combined $700,000, bringing total mask-related fines for the week to a staggering $1.75 million.
“I’m doing my best,” Gruden told reporters following his team’s 34-24 win. “I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it. I’m calling the plays. I apologize. If I get fined, I will have to pay the fine.”
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