Ravens decline to name staff member responsible for outbreak

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So who’s the person who sparked the outbreak in Baltimore? The Ravens decline to say.

“There will be no names released,” Ravens spokesman Chad Steele told PFT on Wednesday night.

NFL Media has reported that it was a strength and conditioning coach. The Ravens have two of them. So both will be under suspicion until one is either identified by the team or owns up to it.

Players see the failure to name names as a double standard. As Steelers cornerback Joe Haden tweeted on Wednesday, “They always got our NAMES BLASTED Across the TV screen when we break the rules! Put a face on it.”

The other question is whether the Ravens’ affirmative move to announce that the unnamed staff member will be disciplined will insulate the Ravens from the full helping of discipline that would have been imposed by the league. And that’s a murky, vague question, given the apparent inconsistency and randomness of enforcement when it comes to COVID-19 protocols.

Although it can be argued that the unnamed strength and conditioning coach went rogue, it also can be argued that the Ravens have automatic responsibility for the outbreak based on the failure to properly supervise a critical member of the coaching staff who has repeated and regular contact to all players, often in the confined space of a weight room.

Apparently, throwing the staff member under the bus could help the Ravens from being run over by the 345 Park Avenue train. But the damage already was done; the idea that the Ravens may experience lesser consequences because they self-reported instead of circling the wagons seems odd.

Then again, that’s the least odd aspect of this situation, by far.

28 responses to “Ravens decline to name staff member responsible for outbreak

  1. Ravens keep digging a deeper hole as the days go by. Sunday’s gm is not going to be played, as a result of this. If they aren’t punished via loss of draft picks, there is something seriously wrong at NFL headquarters.

  2. So the Steelers lose a prime time game and have to adjust at the last minute – again – because the Ravens don’t have their act together? And the Ravens are taking a page straight from the Patriots playbook by throwing an unnamed lower-level staffer under the bus. Stay classy NFL.

  3. I don’t know why anyone would think they should not get punishment from the league. You can’t tell me that no one noticed that this guy wasn’t following the rules. I get, that maybe, he could hide the symptoms if they were mild, but the absence of a mask or the wearable tracking device, no.

  4. Because if the raiders did something like this we would look draft picks and then our game got pushed back. We did get a draft pick taking away. So I hope something similar will happen. But the NFL hates the raiders. So the Ravens will get a slap on the wrist

  5. Sorry but you cant call it going rogue. I work in a job where people are moving and sweating and very close to each other and it’s my job to make sure the people under me comply with the mask rule just as it’s up to the people above me to make sure I do. For this to happen it’s not a 1 time occurence which means it’s been overlooked by multiple people who were likely tasked with enforcing the rule which makes them complicit and quite honestly that’s how whatever culture your trying to build is buit,for better or worse.

  6. Forfeit the game if it can’t be played Sunday. Intentional disregard of important protocols, causing a significant change in the schedule just to keep the league going.

  7. Steelers fans just like Steelers players, crying and playing the victim card while sitting at the peak of the league. Sure, play the game tonight and potentially get COVID running through your locker room and we’ll see your whining turn in a totally different direction of whining.

  8. collectordude says:
    November 26, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Good.
    No one needs to know.
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    Exactly! I’m sure there are several people involved with the NFL who do the same thing this guy does. COVID happens. Positive cases happens. People just have to have someone to blame. Makes them feel better I guess. IT HAPPENED!

  9. They are supposed to hand this person over to what? What happens to this person? Is an example going fo be made outta them?

  10. If there is going to be consistent discipline it should should start with the games. Nobody is consistent with the face covering discipline. Many have the mask below their nose which is the most important part of the face to be covered. As everybody tries to live their life there are going to be cases. The most serious part, if true, is the failure of the employee to report symptoms. If a team is doing everything it should every team is subject to a possible knucklehead individual action. Most likely there are going to be more cases. If any those cases involve on field transmission between players the league has a problem. Miraculously there are no reported cases of such a transmission, if you want to believe that, as the stakes are too high. The entire credibility of the season is slowly being rendered irrelevant.*****

  11. good news is the Ravens will be at full strength when they play in week 18. Nothing better than to start the playoffs by crushing the steelers.

  12. Maybe the dude needs to be arrested and charged – he lost millions in revenue and put thousands of people at risk. Stupid should be punishable.

  13. jamaltimore says:
    November 26, 2020 at 10:39 am
    good news is the Ravens will be at full strength when they play in week 18. Nothing better than to start the playoffs by crushing the Steelers.
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    IF the Ravens and Steelers play in an 18th week, the Ravens should have to play without the same players that would not have been eligible to play if the game were played tonight. Forcing the Steelers to play a game in week 18 means that the potential #1 seed has to play a game when all other playoff teams get a bye.

  14. Terrible double standard from the NFL compared to my Raiders. Unreal if nothing happens like fines and draft-picks.

  15. Here is a fair suggestion if the game must be rescheduled to week 18. Baltimore must play the game without all the players who are not eligible as of Sunday. That should provide fair punishment for an organization that has obviously failed to perform “due diligence” in monitoring compliance to the COVID 19 protocols.

  16. Nobody needs to know. The Packers WR MVS got death threats for dropping a pass. Imagine the morons who would jump on this staffer. Its not your right to know if you’re not coming into contact with this staffer.

  17. GaryAndersonsonlymissedFG says:

    November 26, 2020 at 10:27 am

    collectordude says:
    November 26, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Good.
    No one needs to know.
    ————————————————————————————-

    Exactly! I’m sure there are several people involved with the NFL who do the same thing this guy does. COVID happens. Positive cases happens. People just have to have someone to blame. Makes them feel better I guess. IT HAPPENED!

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    No it has nothing to do with catching covid it has to do with him not following the rules which is why covid spread. And the whole “well other people do it too” sounds just like every person who has ever whined when they’ve gotten in trouble or pulled over for speeding. 2 wrongs dont make a right.

  18. HIPPA LAW makes it illegal to release this information. I don’t know how the NFL has gotten away with naming players without being sued. At my job, we get a memo saying a confirmed positive has been reported, but due to HIPPA privacy no names can or will be mentioned. We all know who gets sick when they disappear, but the company cannot give a name because the law prohibits it. I’m totally surprised that the NFL has been allowed to put people on a “Covid List”. As for this guy, he should be fired, but again HIPPA protects his health records from being made public unless he releases them.

  19. the steelers already play a rivalry game to end the season, against the browns. forcing the steelers to have to end the season potentially still undefeated playing their two biggest rivals, who may or may not have anything else to playbfor at that point would be blatantly unfair. the steelers would win both games, but would essentially be playing 2 more playoff games than the rest of the league while losing the bye week in the playoffs they would’ve earned by going undefeated. If the Steelers fight through this and are still undefeated, they should sweep the postseason awards. Coach of the year, MVP, Rookie of the year, Defensive player of the year, and whatever the other awards are.

  20. Players see the failure to name names as a double standard. As Steelers cornerback Joe Haden tweeted on Wednesday, “They always got our NAMES BLASTED Across the TV screen when we break the rules! Put a face on it.”
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    When NBC starts flashing the Strength & Conditioning Coaches introduction promos during the starting lineup screens, then it will be a double standard.

  21. If a person that has Covid publicly admits having Covid it can no longer be protected by HIPPA. That’s how the names are being released. Players are tweeting that they have it. Coaches and staff do not, unless it is a head coach delivering the news.

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