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NFL adopts ‘snitch’ phone line for players anonymously telling on violating COVID-19 protocols

Roger Goodell, NFL

According to a Wednesday evening report from Mike Garafolo of NFL.com, the NFL is apparently taking a page out of the NBA’s book.

Following in the footsteps of the NBA, who recently set up a coronavirus violation “hot line” for its players down in Orlando, Florida, it appears as though the NFL will be doing something similar as the 2020 season continues to ramp up.

“The NFLPA today sent players a phone number for them to report NFL teams’ violations of the agreed upon COVID-19 protocols, sources say,” Garafolo tweeted on Wednesday evening. “Players can text the number but they will remain anonymous. The union can file a grievance on players’ behalves for perceived violations.”

Unlike the NBA, though, the NFL did not institute—and seemingly won’t be any time soon—a “bubble” format upon kicking off its offseason activities and eventually the 2020 regular season. However, the league has given its players permission to opt out of the upcoming campaign while any player that opts out—for whatever reason—will be compensated at least a little to hold them over until 2021.

Perhaps such a rule has helped make this decision for NFL players a bit easier as a slew of players—both notable and some lesser known—have already elected to opt out with the league now setting a deadline for Thursday afternoon. As it stands today, the New England Patriots have had the most players ultimately elect to opt out of the 2020-21 campaign with the heralded AFC East franchise already seeing eight players make such a decision.