It’s been a roller coaster of a season for teams across the league and their respective fans. With multiple players opting out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns, there were a lot of doubts surrounding the 2020 NFL season.
But league commissioner Roger Goodell in tandem with medical health professionals has ensured the safety of players, coaching staff, and matchday personnel with stringent COVID-19 protocols.
NFL officials are adamant that teams across the league adhere to these regulations for their own safety. But there have been instances where players/coaches have violated these codes. In response to that, league officials have not hesitated in dishing out sanctions for the same.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that the Patriots and Saints were both slapped with major fines after they were found to be in contempt of COVID-19 protocols.
The league fined the Robert Kraft-owned franchise with a $350K sanction for their COVID-19 struggles in October. Summer recruit Cam Newton along with other Patriots players reportedly tested positive for the deadly virus and missed multiple games.
The Patriots and league officials were left to sort out logistical issues after the COVID-19 onslaught forced them to pause all activity at their training premises.
Similarly, the league also subjected Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints to a sizeable $500K sanction. The league has also docked their 7th-round pick from the 2021 NFL draft.
This is because the Saints were pictured celebrating in the locker room without masks. This is in violation of NLF protocols and social distancing rules in the US.
The NFL is not taking any chances with respect to the spread of the fatal virus. This move will serve as a wake-up call to teams across the league.