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NFL fines Sean Payton, Jon Gruden for not wearing masks in Saints-Raiders

Sean Payton, Jon Gruden, Saints, Raiders, NFL

The NFL is making it a priority for coaches to wear masks on the sideline amid concerns with COVID-19. After Monday night’s game between the New Orleans Saints and the Las Vegas Raiders, Sean Payton and Jon Gruden were both fined for not wearing masks, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Altogether, both Payton and Gruden will be fined $100,000 each for not having face coverings on Monday night. At the same time, both teams will be fined $250,000 for their violation of NFL policy on wearing masks.

In Week 1, there were a handful of coaches that were discovered to have failed to put their face coverings over their mouth and nose. As a result, the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams, reminding them of the importance of having a face shield of some sort on the sideline.

After sending a warning to all of the teams in the league, the NFL fined three head coaches in Week 2 for failing to adhere to the guidelines on Sunday. Vic Fangio, Pete Carroll, and Kyle Shanahan were all handed $100,000 fines for not following league policy.

Similar to Payton and Gruden, the three other head coaches’ respective teams were all docked $250,000. As Pelissero shared, the total fines in Week 2 for NFL teams violating the mask-wearing rules have reached $1.75 million in total.

The NFL is attempting to take all of the necessary precautions to prevent any positive COVID-19 tests, which calls for coaches to wear face coverings on the sideline. Seeing that the league is paying close attention to each sideline, expect coaches to be more aware of their mask-wearing tendencies on the sideline moving forward.

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