Saints facing more league discipline for COVID-19 violations

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The NFL is expected to hand down additional discipline against the Saints for violations of the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

The Saints have already been fined a total of $750,000 and stripped of a seventh-round draft pick, while coach Sean Payton was fined $100,000, for two previous violations of league rules. Now NFL Media reports that the Saints are likely to get an even bigger punishment for another violation.

This time the violation involved a person not employed by the team inside the facility. That person had COVID-19 and apparently spread it to Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who had to miss the Saints’ final regular season game because he tested positive.

The Saints could lose additional draft picks for their third offense.

24 responses to “Saints facing more league discipline for COVID-19 violations

  1. Man this thing spreads easily. Definitely have to put together a plan for the next one. Little bit more deadlier and things could been catastrophic

  2. So…no punishment for the teams that clearly didn’t have procedures in place to keep from nearly canceling games. Saints never even got close to that point. But let’s take a draft pick for cel rating after a win. Bogus.

  3. So…no punishment for the teams that clearly didn’t have procedures in place to keep from nearly canceling games. Saints never even got close to that point. But let’s take a draft pick for celebrating after a win. Bogus.

  4. The NFL has done a great job with the virus, and the Super Bowl is going off as scheduled and every game has been played. Simply amazing. Compare that to what our nation has endured and I’m not going to criticize anything the NFL is doing to keep their doors open. So many businesses around our country have had to close their doors due to poor national leadership. Roger Goodell deserves some recognition for this. I’m sure the owners would have gladly doubled his salary if he could have guaranteed the success they’ve enjoyed. Sorry Saints. Your poor judgement could have affected all 32 owners, and all the fans. The Seahawks didn’t have a single positive test all season. Controlling the virus definitely comes down to leadership. Good leadership. Get your act together, Saints. Or pay the fiddler.

  5. Why aren’t the Ravens being punished as well? Their outbreak was costly to other teams and to the league. The Saints and Raiders are losing draft picks, the Broncos had to play without a QB, but the league turned their schedule upside down to accommodate Baltimore, and they get no penalty at all? Why not?

  6. It seems like most of the time you are hearing about an NFL team breaking the rules, it’s the Raiders or the Saints. How about you make the penalties big enough to hurt and advertise ahead of time what will happen if you break these rules? Right now there is a pretty good chance of a slap on the wrist so why worry? But if they knew it was loss of a first round pick or something similar they might think twice before they willingly break the rules.

  7. mdt53vb says:
    February 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm
    Man this thing spreads easily. Definitely have to put together a plan for the next one. Little bit more deadlier and things could been catastrophic

    Could have been? Rapidly closing in on half a million dead Americans is catastrophic-ish. IMO.

  8. Insane. After the Saints were fined and lost a draft pick for a locker room video without masks, the Steelers released a locker room dance video without masks on social media and the league never raised an issue about it. Now the league hits the Saints again. Roger Goodell’s wife must really have done some nasty things with Sean Payton.

  9. Really? Ravens wreck the seasons schedule and nothing??? Goodell is a arseclown.

  10. I’m playing the BS card on this one. All the time they had us thinking Kamara had done something wrong, but it just seems like he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  11. Argument can be made that the procedures the Saints had in place kept the spread of COVID under control on their team which is the whole friggin point. This is an absolute joke.

  12. Where are the fines and loss of draft picks for the Ravens? They had the most egregious violation of COVID protocols and Goodell yet again does nothing.
    They are so committed to hyping a running back as QB and keeping the Ravens relevant, for reasons that just don’t make sense. Maybe when they blow out of the playoffs again next year the NFL might, I dunno, just recognize Lamar is a gimmick and move on?

  13. patriots were probably busy filming the saints’ practices and caught these violations which in turn they submitted to the league office.

  14. Gregg Williams was the person not employed by the team inside the facility. He was there paying off some old bounties.

  15. You’re saying Turn The Page with a scree name like flajoe12? Look in the mirror, Bro. Flacco’s a Jet.

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