Saints stripped of seventh-round pick, fined $500,000 for not wearing masks

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The NFL has cracked down on the Saints after viral videos showed them celebrating in their locker room without wearing masks.

The Saints have been stripped of their seventh-round draft pick and fined $500,000, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The violations took place after the Saints beat the Buccaneers 38-3 in Week 9. Videos, including at least one posted on the Saints’ official social media outlets, showed Saints players and coaches yelling, laughing and hugging each other in the locker room without masks afterward.

According to Schefter, the Saints are appealing the decision and are claiming other teams have had similar mask-free celebrations without being disciplined. The Saints are considered repeat offenders because coach Sean Payton has previously been fined for failing to wear a mask, and the Saints franchise was fined at the same time.

The Saints are the second team this season to be docked a draft pick for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The Raiders were stripped of a sixth-round pick.

23 responses to “Saints stripped of seventh-round pick, fined $500,000 for not wearing masks

  1. So do we expect the Broncos and Steelers to be fined and docked a pick for doing the exact same thing???

  2. Broncos did it after they beat the Chargers.
    Steelers did it after they beat the Ravens.
    I’d ask what gives – but I don’t need to.

  3. Wow. That is laying the hammer down. Most 7th rounders don’t even make the team and the money is a moot point.

  4. While other teams have outbreaks sweep throughout rendering them essentially unable to field a game go unpunished. Good job putting out the bbq pit in a forest fire.

  5. So let me get this straight, playing TACKLE football is good, but celebrating a huge victory with your team mates is punishable of striping a draft pick and 500K. Riiiiiigggghhhhhht

  6. I know Raiders fans will be screaming only a 7th, and Saints fans will be wild losing a 7th, but really – can anyone name their 7th rounder from last year?

  7. You see how many games have to be postponed or cancelled because multiple players on 1 team tested positive for COVID? The NFL above all else will protect its bottom line.

  8. The NFL is so transparent. Yesterday, the league did the Saints a huge favor by not postponing the Denver game to allow the Broncos to get their qbs back. Now, just to make sure that no one thinks the NFL is playing favorites towards New Orleans, the Saints are fined for protocol violations. The timing of this announcement is a little suspicious dont cha think,l?

  9. Did the NFL really think teams could go covid free, so why all the fines and draft picks takien away

  10. Wow. A seventh round pick? Pretty harsh. I’m sure this massive penalty will deter other teams.

    And in the time it took me to write this, the Saints made 500,000. Great job NFL.

  11. So I take it the Ravens will lose a 2nd rounder for breaking protocols and causing schedule changes? What about the other teams that have allowed outbreaks and messed with actual games? Why does the NFL only punish the theoretical risk and not the actual failure?

  12. lgw91s says:
    November 29, 2020 at 8:17 am
    I know Raiders fans will be screaming only a 7th, and Saints fans will be wild losing a 7th, but really – can anyone name their 7th rounder from last year?
    ——————————–
    WFT –
    2019 – Jimmy Moreland – JMU
    2020 – Kam Curl – Arkansas

    Both are starters now………….

  13. I’ve seen multiple teams celebrate without masks hell Pats after beating the Jets mobbed Folk in the middle of the field no masks. Saints got screwed.

  14. How have the Ravens not been fined? How was the Steelers-Ravens game moved twice, yet the Broncos, who have no QB, have to play on? The Raiders lose their OL and DL and the game gets moved up 4 hours. It’s very arbitrary and punitive.

  15. lgw91s says:
    November 29, 2020 at 8:17 am
    I know Raiders fans will be screaming only a 7th, and Saints fans will be wild losing a 7th, but really – can anyone name their 7th rounder from last year?
    __________

    Giants MLB Tae Crowder (2020’s “Mr. Irrelevant”) took a fumble recovery to the house in the week six 20-19 win over Washington.

  16. The $500k fine is laughable. The only way a fine would hurt a team is if the amount fined was also a cap penalty.

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