Raiders reportedly underneath NFL investigation for breaking COVID protocols
The Raiders reportedly could be in hot water again for breaking the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
According to a report from ESPN, the NFL is investigating Las Vegas for allowing unauthorized locker room access during the team’s “Monday Night Football” win over the Saints. ESPN reports that a team employee entered the locker room without the proper credentials to do so, and that the league believes there’s evidence said person eluded security checkpoints to gain access to the locker room. The league is reportedly determining whether the incident warrants disciplinary action.
The NFL, in conjunction with the NFLPA and various federal and state health authorities, established a protocol that allows only 40 employees per organization to be in the locker room at a time. That includes coaching staff, athletic trainers, equipment staff, general manager, one security person and one public relations worker.
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Earlier in the week, Raiders coach Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 for not wearing face covering on the sidelines; the Raiders were fined $250,000.
Gruden over the summer contracted the coronavirus, calling his encounter with the disease not pleasant. He has also had to debunk reports that his diagnosis was somehow a ploy meant to teach his players to take their health seriously.
“I’ve had the virus,” Gruden said following his team’s win over the Saints. “I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it. … I’m calling plays. I just want to communicate in these situations, and if I get fined, I’ll have to pay the fine. But I’m very sensitive about that, and I apologize.”