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NFL fines coaches $1 million for not wearing a mask

The NFL has fined over $1 million to teams and coaches for breaking the league’s coronavirus protocols and procedures. Three coaches were spotted without a mask on the sidelines.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Denver’s Vic Fangio, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan were all given $100,000 fines. Each of their teams were hit with an additional fine of $250,000, totaling $1.05 million in NFL fines.

During the game all of the coaches were seen with their masks around their necks.

Jon Gruden, Raiders coach was seen during yesterday’s game with his mask under his chin. Following the game Gruden reveals that he’s had COVID-19.

“I’m doing my best. I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best. I’m very sensitive about it. I’m calling the plays. I apologize. If I get fined, I will have to pay the fine,” said Gruden

The league and health experts emphasize the importance of wearing a mask to limit the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings are a requirement in states for both indoor and outdoor activities.

The fines follow after the NFL’s memo to teams about COVID-19 protocols in regard to wearing masks during all football-related events. The memo includes Troy Vincent, Executive VP of Football Operations of the NFL statement:

“Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs … Becoming careless or ignoring face covering and physical distancing requirements will put the 2020 season at risk.”

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Mecca Lennon has been a Journalist for In The Zone since August 2020. Mecca has experience in journalism and professional writing from experiences obtained in the classroom and through various leadership roles. Mecca has facilitated and assisted in campaigns to enhance social media presence and overall prestige in brands. A Public Relations student at William Paterson University, she aspires to work in a sports related role with an emphasis on the NFL.
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