New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints Slapped with NFL Sanctions : Reports
Published 11/29/2020, 9:40 AM EST
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.
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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 officials hit New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints with hefty fines
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.
Sources: The #Patriots were fined $350K for COVID-19 protocol violations stemming from issues in October when Cam Newton & others tested positive.
The #Saints were fined $500K and docked a 7th round pick for their mask-less locker room celebration. They are repeat offenders.
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