NFL hits Raiders, Gruden with big fines over Monday Night Football mask violations

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NFL hits Raiders, Gruden with big fines over Monday Night Football mask violations

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:26
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The Raiders and New Orleans Saints, as well as coaches Jon Gruden and Sean Payton, will pay for not wearing masks Monday night in violation of NFL coronavirus mandates.

The Raiders and Saints will receive $250,000 fines, according to a league source. Gruden and Payton, who were caught on camera not wearing masks for much of the night, were each fined $100,000. The NFL Network was first to report the fines.

The NFL fined the 49ers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks for the same thing during Sunday’s games. Each team was fined $250,000, while coaches Kyle Shanahan, Vic Fangio and Pete Carroll were fined $100,000.

Gruden addressed the possible violations Monday night when also disclosing that he had the coronavirus in mid-July.

“I’ve had the virus, OK? I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it, but I’m calling plays,” Gruden said. “I just want to communicate these situations. I apologize, and if I get fined, I will have to pay the fine. I’m very sensitive about all of that and I apologize.”