NFL fines Jon Gruden, Sean Payton for not wearing masks Monday night

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The NFL fined a handful of coaches for not wearing masks on the sidelines during Sunday’s games and that led many to suggest more fines were coming after watching Monday night’s game.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and Saints head coach Sean Payton were both shown without masks on many times during ESPN’s broadcast from Las Vegas. The two coaches and their teams heard from the league on Tuesday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the two teams were each fined $250,000 and the two coaches were fined $100,000 each for violating the rule put in place for this season. Those are the same amounts that the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos were fined after Kyle Shanahan, Pete Carroll and Vic Fangio were found to be in violation on Sunday.

Some have argued that the mandate for face coverings on the sideline is extraneous given the daily testing of players — who aren’t masked on the field — and coaches around the league. The league has not shown any sign of rescinding the mandate at this point.

40 responses to “NFL fines Jon Gruden, Sean Payton for not wearing masks Monday night

  1. The mask on coaches makes no sense. Unless they want to wear them. They are all tested consistently. They are around the players all week long. Another reason why the nfl is losing viewers. Between the weak sport no big hits anymore. Refs. Deciding games with flags on every other play. And now the political BS. Injustice for a league that 85% of the league is college educated black players and the minimum yearly salary is $450,000. I want to be deprive.

  2. An embarrassment that these two, who both supposedly tested positive for Covid set such a poor example with no masks. They should both be suspended for a week this is pure negligence and it makes the nfl look very bad.

  3. both of these guys had the virus and their blood can even be donated for antibodies but the nfl wants to fine them for not wearing a mask.
    not many reports of folks getting covid 19 twice….
    and so it goes

  4. They are acting like them having the mask on for those 3-4 hours is going to make a significant impact. I feel like they just want the coaches to have it to please some fans and set example because camera is on them.
    The coaches are tested like players
    the players are not forced to where mask on sidelines
    I doubt most coaches have it on all the time at halftime, pregame, and post game. The cameras are not on them. The rule for coaches does not make sense.

  5. OK let me get this straight, the maximum fine for a players 1st offense is $21K except for fighting which is $26.5K, BUT a HC is fined $100K for not wearing a mask, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

  6. This season is so horrible, and we’re only two games in. It’s not about football anymore. It’s about who’s wearing a mask versus who isn’t, who is or isn’t kneeling during the anthem, who is or isn’t honoring a person on their helmet, and which people are virtual signaling the hardest.

  7. This is garbage, the NFL is just trying to make up for lost profits and revenue by slapping fines on these guys.

  8. Testing alone doesn’t prevent transmission and is not 100% accurate anyway.

    I wear mask 8 hours a day at work (and can communicate fine) and everywhere indoors when I go out, I’m sure they can manage 3 hours a week.

    Players don’t wear masks because it’s not practical to play a high intensity contact sport in masks. Coaches have no excuse.

  9. Why isn’t Belichick fined ? We all saw him pulling the mask up and down.
    Not to take anything away from his greatness.

  10. From what I’ve heard, both these guys had the virus, so why should two guys (who had this) have to wear them now?? I haven’t heard that a person can get this twice….and what’s worse is the fine numbers, these guys should appeal and say, “we are fined this much, but if a player punches someone they are fined this much?” This “penalty” should be a slap on the wrist type of fine. Especially for first time offenders

  11. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    September 22, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    This season is so horrible, and we’re only two games in. It’s not about football anymore. It’s about who’s wearing a mask versus who isn’t, who is or isn’t kneeling during the anthem, who is or isn’t honoring a person on their helmet, and which people are virtual signaling the hardest.

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    Weird, I caught 3 games on Sunday and wasn’t once bothered by masking wearing vs. non-wearing or kneeling.

    If acknowledging these things is so mentally anguishing and painful for some “fans” that it’s making the season horrible, doesn’t sound like they’re really fans to begin with.

  12. The reason I believe that coaches have to wear the masks is because they are part of management. If for some reason a player or players actually CAUGHT COVID 19 from a member of NFL management they could sue the NFL into oblivion and the league and owners know it.

  13. Lunchtime
    I agree mostly.
    Except for your assertion that the league is full of “college educated” players.

    Let’s just say they “attended” college. I think that would be more accurate…

    But yeah… For adored and worshipped millionaires to be proclaiming how unjust the country is for them econmically or otherwise strikes me as wildly hypocritical…

  14. mmmpierogi says:
    September 22, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Weird, I caught 3 games on Sunday and wasn’t once bothered by masking wearing vs. non-wearing or kneeling.

    If acknowledging these things is so mentally anguishing and painful for some “fans” that it’s making the season horrible, doesn’t sound like they’re really fans to begin with.

    ______________________________________________

    Oh, excuse the rest of us for just wanting to watch football. I guess that doesn’t make us real fans, after all these years.

  15. Maybe the NFL can pay back the salaries of all the employees they furloughed or made take pay cuts.

  16. But yeah… For adored and worshipped millionaires to be proclaiming how unjust the country is for them econmically or otherwise strikes me as wildly hypocritical…

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    It’s called selflessness. When you sacrifice for a cause that does not directly impact you but does others….also words like empathy comes to mind….Also not forgetting wher you came from.

    In any case your assertion that Police does not discriminate against rich Black folk is wholly ignorant.

  17. And the coaches are going to spread COVID by looking at the field? Yeah right. You can just see their germs being sent everywhere as they stand there! lol.

    This while the players after the game mingle, hug, shake hands.

    This is purely a PR move by the league, since the cameras unduly show the coaches on the field.

  18. coolzog says: “Players don’t wear masks because it’s not practical to play a high intensity contact sport in masks. Coaches have no excuse.”
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    Whoa, stop with the common sense stuff. Grab your pitchfork and join the fake “outrage” mob over a private business telling it’s own employees to wear a mask.

  19. If the NFL were serious, they would ban any coaches not wearing a proper mask from the sideline. Make them leave immediately and throw a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty flag on every play until the coach is gone. That will get their attention very quickly.

  20. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    September 22, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    This season is so horrible, and we’re only two games in. It’s not about football anymore. It’s about who’s wearing a mask versus who isn’t, who is or isn’t kneeling during the anthem, who is or isn’t honoring a person on their helmet, and which people are virtual signaling the hardest.

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    I really haven’t noticed any of those things. Been too focused on the product on the field, which, so far, has been very entertaining and very exciting. Tuning out the media takes some practice, but it’s doable

  21. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    September 22, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    This season is so horrible, and we’re only two games in. It’s not about football anymore. It’s about who’s wearing a mask versus who isn’t, who is or isn’t kneeling during the anthem, who is or isn’t honoring a person on their helmet, and which people are virtual signaling the hardest.

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    Stop watching

  22. lunchtimeallday says:
    September 22, 2020 at 5:40 pm
    The mask on coaches makes no sense. Unless they want to wear them. They are all tested consistently. They are around the players all week long. Another reason why the nfl is losing viewers. Between the weak sport no big hits anymore. Refs. Deciding games with flags on every other play. And now the political BS. Injustice for a league that 85% of the league is college educated black players and the minimum yearly salary is $450,000. I want to be deprive.

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    You are not an epidemiologist – why are you talking?

  23. mysterytonite says:
    September 22, 2020 at 5:44 pm
    An embarrassment that these two, who both supposedly tested positive for Covid set such a poor example with no masks. They should both be suspended for a week this is pure negligence and it makes the nfl look very bad.
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    Makes the NFL look bad? Have you missed the 22 players on the field standing shoulder to shoulder with one another and not wearing a mask? Quick, everyone look at the coach though.

  24. This is too funny. Are you being forced to pay the $100K fine for the coach? Otherwise, why do you even CARE how a private business manage it’s own employees??

    How does it even affect you AT ALL??

  25. Christopher Allan says: “Have you missed the 22 players on the field standing shoulder to shoulder with one another and not wearing a mask? Quick, everyone look at the coach though.”
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    Grow up. The point is to MINIMIZE the risks as much as possible so that a $15 BILLION can continue to operate without being shut down. They’re calling plays next to other coaches, they’re yelling at referees, they’re coaching up players on the bench, etc.

    Unless these coaches are on the field doing strenuous exercises that a mask may impede breathing, there’s zero reason why they aren’t protecting themselves or people around them. ZERO.

  26. Gruden usually wears a mask. He was a little distracted last night. It was the very first home game for the Las Vegas Raiders. It was a huge night for Gruden. Playing in the brand new stadium that he built, or that the city built for him. National TV against the powerhouse Saints. Not wearing a mask was the only mistake Gruden made all night. That was almost more like a coaching clinic, than a football game.

  27. Some “tough guys”. I work 50 hours a week moving heavy merchandise in a warehouse – masked, the whole time. Believe it or not, people can hear you just fine even with it on, and you get used to breathing through them after a week or two (it helps to spend money on nice masks, instead of wearing the cheap disposable ones then complaining they are cheap and disposable.

    If we can’t appeal to their tough guy coach image, then I appreciate the NFL for showing enough leadership to hit these guys where it hurts, their money. Im not showing my kids any games these poor role models refuse to properly follow CDC Guidelines on the sidelined.

  28. These coaches also set an example…the more people see others wearing masks, the more likely they will wear one, and the more widespread masking will become. And this will save lives. It may not be yours, or your loved one, but it may be their loved one.

  29. The coaches agreed to follow the mask protocol so it only makes sense to punish them for not following the rules that they agreed to follow.

  30. It doesn’t help when they only zoom in on the coaches when they’re not wearing a mask and that the the ones fined were mostly the the nationally viewed games

  31. The NFL has done a really good job so far – 2 games in the books and no disruptions to the schedule due to COVID. They have taken some extraordinary steps to make that happen.

    People who are posting on this site are – I assume – fans of the NFL.

    If the NFL believes coaches should wear masks I imagine it is because a failure to do so COULD lead to problems (infections) that could threaten having a full season.
    Since you are on this site I am guessing you are hoping for a full season.

    For anyone who opposes the mask mandate, would you change your mind if a coach got infected and that led to a disruption in your favorite team’s schedule?
    Because THAT is why the NFL has a mask mandate for coaches.
    (Or maybe you would not care if the head coach of your team got infected and missed some games. Not me – I want my team to be infection free for all 17 weeks. If that means coaches wearing masks I have no problem with that.)

    The NFL is batting 1000 so far and the teams are NOT in a bubble. Why would you question their protocols when everything they have done so far has worked?

  32. I haven’t read other comments to see if it’s already been said, but I thought both theses guys have had Covid19. They’re some of the safest guys on the field. It’s in their best interest not to wear one actually.

  33. edwicy says:
    It doesn’t help when they only zoom in on the coaches when they’re not wearing a mask and that the the ones fined were mostly the the nationally viewed games
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    Exactly. Just stop showing the coaches on TV.

    Or build masks with the microphones in it.

  34. brownsince64 says:
    September 22, 2020 at 10:31 pm
    These coaches also set an example…the more people see others wearing masks, the more likely they will wear one, and the more widespread masking will become. And this will save lives. It may not be yours, or your loved one, but it may be their loved one.

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    These coaches jobs are to win football game, not to be role models for anyone

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