Mark Davis: COVID-19 protocol fines are draconian

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Raiders owner Mark Davis has responded to the NFL’s decision to discipline the team for violations of the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

The Raiders have been fined $500,000 and a sixth-round draft pick will be taken away. Head coach Jon Gruden is being fined $150,000 as a result of protocol violations related to right tackle Trent Brown‘s positive test. Gruden and the team had previously been fined for the coach’s failure to wear a mask, the team has been fined for having unauthorized people in the locker room and players were fined for gathering without masks at an indoor event in non-work hours.

Davis said “Jon and those guys are working their asses off every day” and that no one is “willingly violating protocol.”

“The fines are draconian,” Davis told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “But we will appeal them. Outside the organization, people have the wrong impression about the Raiders. We take it seriously. It’s unfortunate that certain things outside the protocol are the things being focused on, rather than the positive steps we’ve taken as an organization. You’ve been in the building. You’ve seen it.”

Gruden didn’t comment on the nature of the penalties and reiterated a previous comment that the team is “on the cutting edge of being the best in servicing players.”

39 responses to “Mark Davis: COVID-19 protocol fines are draconian

  1. I am looking for some thoughts from all of you on here….

    Thumbs up / thumbs down:

    Do you think that all teams play their 16 games in an 18 week season?
    UP – YES
    DOWN – NO

  2. The Raiders should be forced to forfeit their last game against the Chiefs who, because of raider Covid issues, were forced to play the entire game without inhaling.

  3. Marc’s haircut is only thing “draconion”. Rules are rules: what do you think your the Patriots?

  4. C’mon Mark….I just wish you dad and Joe Alioto were still alive. Clear and blatant bias….only the Raiders get fined, lose picks, and gets their game moved forward when they test positive. Any 12 individuals would agree to that.

  5. Get used it, wait until the new administration gets in they will be dining people for leaving there house, well as long as it remains there house.

  6. Then Davis whispered to an assistant to get him the definition of “Draconian” because he realized right away that he didn’t know what the word means.

  7. A large applaud. The league office continues to be lame in all of this. You fine teams that have not one virus notification for a mask down. You continue to pick on the Raiders no matter what they do.. They had a GM threatened and racial slurs thrown in his face and the league set on their hands. You warn one coach and fine others. Nice to see an owner stand up for his team and organization

  8. To show you how ludicrous Godel and his fines are, he fined Steelers LB spillane who makes a total of 40 dollars a game, 4000 dollars hitting a running back going into the end zone. Also in that game he fined two Steelers with socks two inches from knee, yet not a word on the ejected player or player head butting twice on one after play incident.

  9. I was unaware the Greeks fined football teams in the 7th century BC? Learn something new every day.

  10. gobillsfromwyo says:
    November 6, 2020 at 5:26 pm
    Marc’s haircut is only thing “draconion”. Rules are rules: what do you think your the Patriots?

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    Pats are famous for following rules to the T. Fundmentals, intelligent players, classy players who always respect the opponent.

    Heck, they’ve called Cheater Goodell to ask if certain plays would be legal in fear of him cheating again.

    You people, meanwhile, are low class and are the cheaters along with other owners calling into Goodell to demand he frame NE.

    Gruden was openly mocking the masks and protocols for weeks on national tv.

    And, his players followed suit at charity events without masks.

  11. The Raider’s fines aren’t any different than any other team, the problem is that this is their 4th violation. They are the only team with this many violations.

    And no Mark, Gruden and the Raiders have not taken it seriously. Among other things, Gruden refused to wear a mask until the team got fined for it. It was not an accident, he was warned multiple times.

  12. melikefootball says:
    November 6, 2020 at 6:03 pm
    A large applaud. The league office continues to be lame in all of this. You fine teams that have not one virus notification for a mask down. You continue to pick on the Raiders no matter what they do.. They had a GM threatened and racial slurs thrown in his face and the league set on their hands. You warn one coach and fine others. Nice to see an owner stand up for his team and organization

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    I wish mine would. Kraft likes his seat at the big boy table so he capitulates to Goodell’s cheating.

  13. calkcfan says:
    November 6, 2020 at 5:26 pm
    The Raiders should be forced to forfeit their last game against the Chiefs who, because of raider Covid issues, were forced to play the entire game without inhaling.
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    You forgot to mention Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman who was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive Oct 13.
    What about Chiefs QB Jordan Ta’amu? Although a practice squad player, he still sits in positional and team meetings and is around the other players. His and Cam Newton’s positive tests caused the game between the Pats and Chiefs to be delayed. Tell me again about inhaling.

  14. no one is “willingly violating protocol.”

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    So what you are saying is that they are being forced to allow unathorized personel into the locker rooms and forced to attend oo- premises events withmout a mask and as a group (which the agreement with the NFLPA does not allow)? Got it.

    Your organization is not tesponsilbe for its actions. Its all terribly unfair. I hear your cry. 2020 is such a s@#%show that the NFL should designate all teams superbowl winners, you get a Lombardi, you get a Lombardi, and you get a lombardi…..

  15. The Patriots played the Raiders and subsequently have a Covid outbreak which leads to 3 straight losses and a lost season. If this were real life, The Pats would sue the Raiders for being non-compliant and causing such damage to the franchise. In light of that, bowl haircut should take his punishment like a man-child. Raiders should surrender their 1st & 2nd round picks to Pats

  16. vontazeromanowski says:
    November 6, 2020 at 7:40 pm
    The Patriots played the Raiders and subsequently have a Covid outbreak which leads to 3 straight losses and a lost season.
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    That’s the equivalent of blaming a bad PI call in the second quarter for getting blown out 31-14. The Pats suck and it has little, if anything, to do with their covid outbreak.

  17. You can watch any raiders game and see that they don’t take it seriously.

  18. If Chump would have done his job when he knew it was there football games and concerts etc. wouldn’t be in the predicament he quit on us and ruined this country!! The LIAR is about to get FIRED!!

  19. Shut up Mark. You break the rules ovah an ovah again, you pay the price. Pretty simple. Nice haircut BTW.

  20. Query, are all the fines being levied on the Raiders being paid by Davis, Gruden, the Nevada taxpayers, or all the broken hearted, stiffed fans back in Oakland?

  21. Fun story, a little off topic. Decades ago, the Raiders were in Denver to play the Broncos. A certain Raider HOF qb stayed up until about 3am hitting it hard at the hotel bar. He met two beautiful w
    Ladies who escorted him to his hotel room to “make breakfast.” Breakfast took awhile and the HOF qb player showed up to the game, no sleep, not tip top condition. On that day, said qb threw for about 350 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Raiders cruised to victory. Incredible. I think you know the qb I am referring to.

  22. Once again the Raiders are back in playoff contention due to DC finally being at 100% after back to back broken leg and fractured back seasons. Now they once again become a target by the league to diminish them in anyway possible. Sick.

  23. Yet not one so-called violation lead to any infections. However the Titans had half their team and staff infected and continued to practice, how much were they fined? how many draft picks did they lose? If you don’t think there is a bias against the Raiders organization, you’re either blind or just stupid! most the people commenting are the latter

  24. Someone used the words “Raiders” and “great organization”in the same sentence? No they aren’t. Maybe in the ’70’s, but not now. Gruden just THINKS they are because they ludicrously overpaid him.

  25. MAYBE in the 70s??? They made the playoffs like 11 consecutive years from late 60’s to late 70’s…..isn’t that ‘great’??

  26. Query, are all the fines being levied on the Raiders being paid by Davis, Gruden, the Nevada taxpayers, or all the broken hearted, stiffed fans back in Oakland.
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    How do you still blame Mark Davis and the raiders from staying. They had no choice to move because the mayor of Oregon. She kept denying proposal over the years of getting a new stadium. Then when it was time renew the lease. She grumbled about it and Mark had no choice. Al Davis would do it in a heart beat.
    Then you deny the raiders from moving to los Angeles because Raiders are more popular than the chargers Period.
    Then the mayor let’s the warriors to leave for sf and possible the a’s from leaving too so don’t tell me it is not the raiders fault.

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