Report: Patriots fined $350K for COVID-19 protocol violations

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The Patriots have reportedly joined the list of teams penalized by the league for failing to follow COVID-19 protocols.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team has been fined $350,000. The violations occurred in October when quarterback Cam Newton, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and others tested positive.

The positive tests led to their Week 5 game against the Broncos being postponed by a week with other changes to the schedule being made to accommodate that change.

The Saints were also penalized this week with a $500,000 fine and the loss of a seventh-round draft pick as repeat offenders. The Raiders have also been docked a draft pick and other teams have had to pay fines over the course of the season.

16 responses to “Report: Patriots fined $350K for COVID-19 protocol violations

  1. How could Coach Genius allowed this to happen when he is notorious for micro-managing everything?

  2. Will the Park Ave. gang be penalizing the Patriots for not enforcing 6′ of distancing in the KC visitor locker room that doesn’t allow for it?

  3. WAIT WHAT?!

    essentially the league and Furher Roger are blaming the teams for COVID outbreaking?! This isn’t hockey or the NBA where the players were in a bubble. Are you serious Roger?! Look what happened with Tennessee, are they going to be given a break?!

  4. The NFL must need to refill the coffers considering all of the fines they are handing out this week.

  5. The Ravens have their entire team infected and nothing? Bluetooth guy may be the superspreader but Roger and Troy Vincent think he doesn’t exist.

  6. What a horrible message. Get sick, get fined-or worse. The teams getting draft picks taken away are being out-right robbed. Not only does it mess with the competitive balance but those are picks that represent players that fans might want to see one day.

  7. 4 qb’s in Denver out. Reported that all 4 didn’t wear mandated masks in meeting room. This punishment should be epic! But don’t hold your breath.

  8. 1. $350k is nothing to Kraft. Either the $350k should come off the team’s cap space or they should be docked draft choices in addition.

    2. The players should also be getting fined heavily. $350k would be a very stiff penalty to a player and perhaps they would start taking this pandemic seriously if they lost a few hundred thousand.

  9. imodanisback says:
    November 29, 2020 at 11:33 am
    4 qb’s in Denver out. Reported that all 4 didn’t wear mandated masks in meeting room. This punishment should be epic! But don’t hold your breath.

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    That and Harbaugh wears a scarf on gameday and his own employees thumbing their noses along with Pittsburgh. All AFC teams protected except for NE.

    NE has 3 players with it 2 months ago and all of a sudden here comes a fine.

    Where are Baltimore, Pitt and Denver’s draft pick punishments for this rash of outbreaks?!

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