Report: NFL imposes heavy fine, strips sixth-round pick from Raiders over COVID-19 issues

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The NFL has done plenty of huffing and puffing when it comes to COVID-19 compliance. It has commenced the process of blowing down a house.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that the NFL has fined the Raiders $500,000, fined coach Jon Gruden $150,000, and removed a sixth-round pick for protocol violations arising from tackle Trent Brown‘s positive test last month.

The league previously had fined Gruden $100,000 and the team $250,000 for Gruden’s failure to wear a mask. The Raiders also were fined $50,000 for having an unauthorized person in the locker room, and multiple players were fined for attending an indoor event without masks away from work.

Punishment will further increase in the event of additional violations from the Raiders, whom Gruden recently proclaimed to be on the “cutting edge” of beating the virus.

41 responses to “Report: NFL imposes heavy fine, strips sixth-round pick from Raiders over COVID-19 issues

  1. I’m not going to argue masks at all here, but $150,000 fine for a coach making $10,000,000 a year is a relative pittance. It’s 1.5% of his salary. He probably spends more a year on visors

  2. Titans- caught practicing off site, multiple infractions= small fine
    Raiders= bent over the barrel
    Al Davis I rolling in his grave

  3. I’d love to know how the NFL comes up with these amounts.

    Wrong socks? That’ll cost you $5,000.
    Football into stands? That’s $7,000.
    Fighting? That’s $35,096, because player safety matters.
    COVID outbreak because the NFL isn’t in a bubble? That’ll be $500,000, thank you.

  4. curtis20 says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm
    Titans had almost the whole team w/Covid and nothing happened to them? HMMMMMM

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    It’s simple. The Raiders have experiended decades of unfair treatment as a result of the myriad Al Davis lawsuits.

  5. arealisticpackerfan says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I’d love to know how the NFL comes up with these amounts.
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    The application of fines is negotiated between NFLPA and the League.

  6. Terrible bias against my Raiders!!! NFL still mad at the greatest mind in modern football Mr. Al Davis!

  7. nytro says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    curtis20 says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm
    Titans had almost the whole team w/Covid and nothing happened to them? HMMMMMM

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    It’s simple. The Raiders have experiended decades of unfair treatment as a result of the myriad Al Davis lawsuits.
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    Yeah, that could be it, or maybe it’s as Grant Gordon writes:

    “The escalated fines and loss of a draft pick were due to the Raiders being a repeat offender in terms of failing to meet COVID-19 protocols.

    “This is the fourth incident in which the franchise has incurred a fine as the Raiders have now been penalized $1.2 million for coronavirus-related infractions, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.”

  8. Well good thing the Raiders have turned the corner on COVID, things could’ve gone bad for them.

  9. nytro says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm
    curtis20 says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm
    Titans had almost the whole team w/Covid and nothing happened to them? HMMMMMM

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    It’s simple. The Raiders have experiended decades of unfair treatment as a result of the myriad Al Davis lawsuits.

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    Or it’s simply escalating the penalties for multiple infractions. There’s no conspiracy theory just because “your team” is the one that gets punished.

  10. If this was the Patriots, they would have been fined $2,000,000, had their next two first round picks taken away, and it would be on every single major news site and network for the next three months. I’m just saying; this league and the outrage is so inconsistent.

  11. curtis20 says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:54 pm
    Terrible bias against my Raiders!!! NFL still mad at the greatest mind in modern football Mr. Al Davis
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    No sir that would be Lamar Hunt, the guy whose name is on the AFC Championship trophy. If it wasn’t for Hunt telling the NFL If you won’t let me buy my own NFL franchise I’ll just start my own league. There would be no Raiders franchise if it wasn’t for Hunt.

  12. When Gruden chirped that they were on “the cutting edge of beating the virus”, this was inevitable. Regardless of what you think of the penalty, it is poor team management to put your self in a position that is so preventable if you just followed the rules to a degree even after you have received a warning.

  13. I would like a breakdown of what contributed to this. Raiders didn’t organize fund raiser, they can’t control when 1 person gets COVID. I think most other teams have had more COVID cases than raiders so they must be controlling it pretty well

  14. Kurt Laughlin says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:57 pm
    nytro says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    curtis20 says:
    November 5, 2020 at 9:36 pm
    Titans had almost the whole team w/Covid and nothing happened to them? HMMMMMM

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    It’s simple. The Raiders have experiended decades of unfair treatment as a result of the myriad Al Davis lawsuits.
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    Yeah, that could be it, or maybe it’s as Grant Gordon writes:

    “The escalated fines and loss of a draft pick were due to the Raiders being a repeat offender in terms of failing to meet COVID-19 protocols.

    “This is the fourth incident in which the franchise has incurred a fine as the Raiders have now been penalized $1.2 million for coronavirus-related infractions, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported.”

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    “repeat offender”

    Umm, then why is the punishment so light? A 6th rd pick is a punishment?

  15. curtis20 says: “Titans had almost the whole team w/Covid and nothing happened to them? HMMMMMM”
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    they were fined $350,000 on Oct. 25 for their first violation. You know, the same amount for Raiders’ first violation…. Seems absolutely fair to me that subsequent violations are punished more severely.

  16. Yeah, if Al rolled out of the grave, the first thing he would do would be go nose to nose with his son and ask “Why is Gruden coaching MY TEAM!”

    Al Davis was a pioneer for modern football. He was damn smart. Even being a die hard Broncos fan, I can honestly say, I miss him. He made the NFL so much more interesting. RIP, greasy Al.

  17. Im a diehard pats fan but I come in peace. I know people hate Belichick and my teams, but gruden has always rubbed me the wrong way.

    Spider y banana
    Exotic plays
    Calling QB’s like EJ Manuel, Locker, and Ponder can’t miss prospects when he’s a QB guru.

    He’s an arrogant jerk to me. Acts like the rules don’t apply to him, always thinks someone is out to get him. Don’t be such a jerk and not win anything. Belichick a jerk but wins, you don’t…

    10 years out of the league, but it took 100 million to get him on the sideline..after 10 years?! Gee, you must’ve been in such demand. Gruden and the Ryan’s, peas in a pod. And for the record, rob Ryan was our LB coach for the early dynasty years, he didn’t act like a jerk.

  18. Sixth and seventh round picks are primarily sweeteners in trades, or projects. Yes, I know – Tom Brady was a 6th rounder.
    But I think Belichick said it best when he said there is little difference between 6th, 7th, or undrafted free agents.
    Stripping a 6th rounder makes news, but go back 10 years and look at your teams 6th round picks. And then look at the undrafted free agents during that period. Little difference.

  19. Oh no, a 6th rounder!? Nothing says you’re serious like taking away a useless draft pick. Give them the last pick in round 1 regardless of where they finish the season. You’d never see the nose and mouth of a Raiders employee again.

  20. As a Raiders fan why would we be surprised! The league has been discriminating against the Raiders forever! And this isn’t a conspiracy theory, it’s fact!!

  21. I’m not saying the Raiders shouldn’t have been punished. What I find as inconsistent punishment by the league is that the Raiders were fined and stripped of a pick, but they are not a team that caused games to be rescheduled. They broke the rules and deserve punishment. However their infractions did not impact the entire league like the Titans and Patriots infractions did.

    I’m not picking on the Pats either. All I am saying is if picks were going to be taken away, why were they not taken away from the teams that broke the rules and had an effect on the schedules of other teams?

    Make the punishment fit the crime. You break the rules, You get fined. You break the rules and force changes to the schedules of other teams? You get fined AND a loss of picks.

    Goodell’s inconsistency in punishing teams/players is maddening.

  22. supercharger says:
    November 6, 2020 at 9:08 am
    Oh no, a 6th rounder!? Nothing says you’re serious like taking away a useless draft pick. Give them the last pick in round 1 regardless of where they finish the season. You’d never see the nose and mouth of a Raiders employee again.

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    It’s not that it is nothing, as Belichick loves him some 6th, 7th and hardworking udfa picks as well, but you are correct in that Gruden and Co have been thumbing their noses at Goodell’s direct orders for weeks.

    BB thumbed his nose at the Jets (and Goodell’s) rule change
    on one day (after provoked by the Jets from Jan ‘07), and NE had a 1st rd pick stolen over it. That obviously led to 2 more framejobs of NE for 3 more stolen picks in recent years here.

    Other teams get away with murder and never have picks stolen.

    Mike Tomlin fake trips a guy during a game and it’s a 100k fine.

    Goodell is a cheater and has no consistency whatsoever. That’s really the greater point.

  23. amari2600 says:
    November 6, 2020 at 11:30 am
    The NFL’s hypocrisy has no bounds, it’s pretty obvious they treat each franchise different.

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    Some would call that cheating.

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