Raiders fail to wear masks at public event, potentially putting them in hot water

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The news out of Tennessee today should serve as a warning to the rest of the NFL: Playing a season amid a pandemic is not going to be easy.

It’s going to be harder if players succumb to protocol fatigue.

Enter the Las Vegas Raiders.

Raiders players potentially violated NFL and state of Nevada mandates at a public gathering Monday night, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.

Raiders tight end Darren Waller hosted a fundraiser for his foundation, which seeks to equip youth to avoid and overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. Videos have surfaced of players, including quarterbacks Derek Carr and Nathan Peterman and tight ends Jason Witten and Foster Moreau, without face coverings while mingling at the event.

“You don’t like seeing this,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told Bonsignore. “I don’t know that it’s actually been built into our memories that you have to wear a mask.”

The city of Henderson was unaware of the event until afterward and is investigating, a city spokeswoman told Bonsignore.

It is unclear whether attendees were tested before the event. NFL players are tested daily.

But the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a personal responsibility mandate as part of a revised CBA for 2020. It specifically prohibits players from engaging in certain behaviors this season as part of risk mitigation.

Among the restrictions, players are not allowed to attend indoor night clubs with crowds of 10 or more or attend any gathering or event that violates local and/or state restrictions. They also are required to wear face coverings while in public.

The league can fine players for violating its personal responsibility rules.

The Raiders already have had the league fine them $250,000 and Jon Gruden $100,000 for the coach’s failure to wear a face covering in a game against the Saints. They also reportedly are under investigation for allowing a non-credentialed team employee into their locker room after that Monday night game, potentially violating NFL policy.

43 responses to “Raiders fail to wear masks at public event, potentially putting them in hot water

  1. Ive got covid and mask article fatique. Im over it. Id rather take my chances than have to deal with this any longer.

  2. Just disgraceful leadership. Gruden made a mockery of wearing the mask yet again on Sunday.

    Start stripping draft picks, please.

  3. Regardless of what people think about masks, it’s the requirement for the players/staff if we’re going to have a season. And that ain’t changing. And the Raiders seem determined to mess it up

  4. Two games announced to be potentially in jeopardy/delayed just earlier today. Wear the masks and be smart or we lose games and the season gets weird, it’s that simple.

  5. stubborndata says:
    September 29, 2020 at 7:26 pm
    America is just not very good at listening to experts


    The “experts” first told us masks didn’t work

  6. HagemeisterPark says: “Ive got covid and mask article fatique. Im over it. Id rather take my chances than have to deal with this any longer.”

    Some people are just weak-minded I guess.

  7. Yet I can go to a restaurant and if I sit down, I can take my mask off. Only need it walking in and out or walking to the mens room. Apparently COVID hovers around 6 feet off the ground, but if you are sitting you are safe. C’mon people, wake up….

  8. I’m sure you could literally do this with every team, but it seems you guys are hellbent I’m only calling out the Raiders.

  9. Anti-mask crowd really likes to rip them I see. What is the downside? You have a piece of a cloth on when you are near strangers who you probably do not want to see anyways. I guess being annoyed is not worth the upside which is saving others. Raiders look awful here, I miss not wearing a mask but I am so used to it, and it is really is not a big deal.

  10. heLLpaso says:
    September 29, 2020 at 8:19 pm
    I’m sure you could literally do this with every team, but it seems you guys are hellbent I’m only calling out the Raiders.

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    Every organization starts at the top. Mark Davis and Gruden are all but thumbing their noses at it.

    There is no excuse. And, for these bozos on the other teams contracting the virus as a player or coach not on the front lines of this crisis, what on earth are you doing in your down time to contract it?

    The right wing crreepy delusion of the NFLs leadership is embarrassing like our president.

  11. therealraider says:
    September 29, 2020 at 7:31 pm
    Americans don’t wear masks. The “pandemic” is a joke
    Please tell me this is humor.

  12. It will be all fun and games until a player dies. Then upon the realization that they aren’t invincible, they will take it more seriously. Obviously caring about other people who are more vulnerable than them isn’t doing the job.

  13. Here is an idea, suspend everyone in the photos under the personal conduct policy. If the Raiders need to forfeit a game so be it. I will bet that gets their attention in a hurry.

  14. Putting yourself, your teammates, and opponents at risk of catching a deadly virus is textbook conduct detrimental to the league.

  15. The Superbowl is going to be played in 4 weeks, with the two teams with enough remaining players battling it out in an empty stadium.

  16. I’m not a lawyer nor do I pretend to be, but I’m pretty sure the league and the NFLPA have a binding contract with each other regarding behavior during the pandemic, primary among which are rigorous mandates on testing and prevention (such as mask-wearing).

    So, one’s opinion on mask merits or lack thereof is wholly irrelevant here. It’s obligatory. It’s in the contract. It’s immutable. Period. Breach of contract can result in extreme pain for both parties: at best financially; at worst, fatally.

  17. Without question, this is a full reflection of the arrogance and incompetence of Jon Gruden, the self-anointed “coaching legend”.

  18. Another fail for the Raiders. Four first round picks across two drafts and zero QBs on the roster to can’t remember to wear the mask. Nobody is worse than the Raiders, except maybe the Lions.

  19. Good on Waller for trying to raise funds for a good cause. Carr would likely wear a mask 24/7 if he believed it would keep pass rushers from touching him and making him cry.

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