Saints forfeit 2022 draft pick for COVID-19 violations

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The Saints will forfeit a draft pick for violating NFL COVID-19 rules, as originally reported, just not this year.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT the Saints will lose a pick in next year’s draft.

“The New Orleans Saints will forfeit their sixth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft and will be fined $700,000 for violations of the NFL-NFLPA COVID protocols during the 2020 season,” McCarthy wrote in an email to PFT.

The Saints faced league discipline for celebrating in their locker room after a game with multiple players and coaches not wearing masks.

The Raiders were also disciplined during the season for COVID-19 violations. It is unclear whether they will lose a draft pick.

36 responses to “Saints forfeit 2022 draft pick for COVID-19 violations

  1. What about other teams like the Raiders and Gruden
    for example making a mockery of the mask itself during games every week?

    Numerous teams were seen on the sidelines not following protocol.

  2. 2022? This is the cheating Saints organization that’s been punished before hit them now, why wait!!?

  3. I’m sure every team was doing this as well. It’s a matter of if or when league finds out.

  4. A 6th round pick is no big deal… it’s just going through the motions. The draft is only 7 rounds and the league didn’t want to penalize anyone with a 7th because that would look like no penalty at all so they went with the next worst round pick just to show some semblance of… “see, we penalized them.” a 4th round pick should have been the penalty if the league was serious about it.

  5. “Roger Goodell didn’t wear a mask at the super bowl.”

    How would you know that? Was Roger on the screen every second the pregame, game, and post-game? Were you in his suite?

  6. Yes, I think the Saints should defiantly lose a draft pick just for the fact that they are still whining about that non pass interference call.

  7. always the same bs with goodell – selective punishment against NO and NE. he’s a puppet of owner jealousy and Sean Payton isn’t afraid to speak his mind about this little pismire.

  8. For all the players the Saints are losing this year for Salary Cap concerns, we should more then gain enough Compensatory Picks next year, to make losing a 6th round pick a non-factor!!! Whodat!!!

  9. Every chance Goodell has he makes sure to go out his way to mess over the Saints. It’s ridiculous what this man has done to the fans in NOLA. He keeps harassing the Saints organization over and over and over, it’s so obvious. Every dog has their day and when Goodell has his it’ll be so sweet!

  10. I’m no Goodell fan but why would anyone think he was influenced by owner jealousy against the Saints? The Saints were relevant for like one year when they won the super bowl but the league gift wrapped that super bowl for them.

  11. If the Pats hadn’t set the bar so ridiculously high as cheaters the Saints would be making a run at the title of league’s biggest cheaters.

  12. Wow! A sixth rounder so You’re basically saying they were fined tom brady. Seems harsh

  13. Did any player for any team wear a mask when huffing and puffing in the huddle? Very close physical contact with heavy breathing must be allowedby the league. Did any player on any team wear a mask when tackling or blocking someone? Did any player on any team wear a mask when fighting for a fumble? Football during a respiratory disease pandemic is necessarily a risk. Blatant retribution against the Saints for the so called Bounty season which was disproven when a neutral person looked at the nonevidence. Saints robbed of a Superbowl appearnace and complained about it, so expect more unfair rueling against the Saints. Duck the NFL mob bossess.

  14. Do the Seahawks gain a draft pick because they were the only team not to have an actual Covid-19 case?

  15. Whenever a team is penalized for breaking the rules, the fans of that team accuse Goodell of hating their team…and of being “out to get them”

    And that makes no sense. The owners are Goodell’s bosses. If, as a group, they think that he is being unfair to certain teams…or favoring certain teams, they will let him know about it in no uncertain terms.

    In this case, I think that Saints fans ar still angry about bounty-gate. The Saints deserved to be penalized for that mess.

  16. Did these protocols prove to be effective at all? States that have opened up haven’t seen much of a difference before or after or rates different from those of states that remain under strict restrictions.

  17. Do the Seahawks gain a draft pick because they were the only team not to have an actual Covid-19 case?

    There are no awards given when people/teams do WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO.

  18. So the same guy who told you they weren’t losing the pick is now telling you they are. Either he’s not a great source or you weren’t listening.

  19. Then I expect the Steelers to lose a 2022 draft pick since they too broke protocol in the early part of the year, then players shot a victory celebration video in the locker room with no one wearing masks.

  20. The earlier article was right:

    “Saints, Raiders will not lose 2021 draft picks for COVID-19 violations”

    It said 2021.

    This article is an update and tells us that they will lose picks in 2022.

  21. Do the Seahawks gain a draft pick because they were the only team not to have an actual Covid-19 case?

    There are no awards given when people/teams do WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO.

    Maybe more teams would do what they’re supposed to do if the knew it was Ian incentive. If draft picks are taken away, they should be redistributed.

  22. Yet, the league has to put three teams on hold to accommodate the virus-ridden Ravens and no penalty for them?

  23. Yet, the league has to put three teams on hold to accommodate the virus-ridden Ravens and no penalty for them?

    The penalties are for breaking the rules, not for getting sick.

  24. The NFL HAD to announce a loss of a 2022 pick a whole 13 months before the draft. So, now they’re working on what penalty can be found for 2023. Commissioner freak outta here and EAD!

    Sincerely,

    Who Dats everywhere

  25. Last year a few teams seemed to seriously mess up the Covid guidelines, N.O. Didn’t seem the major transgressor as I think back I think of Raiders and Ravens more just off the top of my head. And yet, is it any surprise that the Saints are the only team losing a pick? I mean the league office seems to have a thing for them for over a decade now. In hindsight probably should’ve been able to make a prop bet “saints will be only franchise to be punished that will actually effect them on the field. Sorry but a fine to the other organizations as we here of the astronomical numbers coming in the new TV deals means nothing. It’s couch change to an NFL team. A sixth round pick, that’s a real asset they took away.

  26. The Saints didn’t have just a couple of people break the rules, the ENTIRE locker room was maskless and celebrating after a win.

    Indoors, no masks, hugging and laughing and cheering, spewing particles all over the small locker room. It was a big violation. They are lucky that half the team didn’t get infected.

  27. Saints major crime was to pee on the league’s coronation marketing of Goober as the greatest qb in that super bowl. suspensions, fines, draft picks.

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