HANDERSON, Nevada – Coach John Grudon said Las Vegas Raiders players “let go” when they violated COVID-19 by appearing without masks at a closed charity event Monday night. Quarterback Derek Carr, who attended the event, said the players “had a few moments where we slipped, took off our masks so people could see our faces”.
However, both focused on why players came first in the event: It was raising funds for teammate Darren Waller’s foundation to help young people at risk of addiction. Waller himself has been sober for three years now.
“I hate that a few moments without our masks on led to a story about our team and all that, especially after the fines imposed a few weeks ago,”
News of the Raiders, who appeared at the event without masks, came a day before Tennessee Titans reported positive COVID-19 tests from four players and five team members.
Earlier this month, Gruden was fined $ 100,000 for not wearing his mask properly on his side during the Las Vegas victory over the Saints of New Orleans on September 21. team member in the locker room after this game.
Meanwhile, the NFL has issued another strong warning to coaches who will not wear masks on their sides during matches, threatening to suspend and revoke drafts as a penalty for not following COVID-19 game day protocols, according to a league memorandum received Wednesday by Adam Shepherd from ESPN.
“We all understand that this is a terrible, terrible virus,” Gruden said. “And we have to do our job. We’re all vulnerable. Unfortunately, it sounds like a few people have been infected with the virus. I just wish the best for everyone in Tennessee. And you’re certainly waking up to reality, anyone can get it, Everywhere and at anytime. “
Gruden, who said he had the coronavirus in July, made the team’s mission to “crush” the virus. During training camp, he made T-shirts with this slogan, along with the Raiders logo on them.
“I’m just going to say this: We did a good job, we did a great job,” Gruden said. “Last night it was addressed to our players. They came in with their masks, there was an event. Sometimes you go to a restaurant and take off your mask. They are aware of their mistake.
“But we did a great job – using our masks, taking proper care of each other and everyone. I’m really proud of our players. And by the way, it was a great cause that no one talks about. [Waller] raised over $ 300,000 for a great cause. I appreciate our players being there in his support. “
An NFL spokesman said in an email to ESPN.com on Wednesday afternoon that the league was “looking into the matter,” which violates Nevada’s state regulations on the pandemic and may have violated league rules.
The rules of the NFL and the National Association of Football League players limit what activities players are allowed to participate when they are away from the team’s facilities. It is stated that players are not allowed to attend an event that “violates local and state restrictions.”
The Raiders will host Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Tre’Davious White said the issue was “definitely something the boys mention in the locker room,” but added that the team was mostly unconcerned.
“He picked up a lot of antennas. But I feel that if we continue to take precautions and do all the things we have to do and go to the places we have to go and not be selfish with him, I think we will let’s fix it, “White said.
Bills coach Sean McDermott added: “What we’re trying to do is control what we can control from our end. I’ve got a lot of respect for coach Gruden and I’m sure they’re on top.”
Carr was joined at the Waller event by reserve quarterback Nathan Peterman; narrow ends Jason Witten, Foster Moreau, and Derek Carrier; wide receivers Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow; cornerback Nevin Lawson; and Eric Magnusson Center.
The event was held indoors at the DragonRidge Country Club, which was fined $ 2,000 by the City of Henderson for four violations of the Nevada Gov. COVID-19 Emergency Directives, including non-masked people and more than 50 people at the event. The club now has 30 days to pay the fine or challenge it.
Raider owner Mark Davis told ESPN on Tuesday night, “Boys need to be tougher in the fight against the virus. He’s still our toughest opponent.”
Carr, who is photographed with an unmasked guest who won his T-shirt at auction, said he realized that not wearing a mask at the event was a mistake.
“We signed a waiver,” Carr said. “Hand sanitizer, like crazy. … We weren’t perfect, but we didn’t try to be careless or reckless. But at the same time, [Waller] there was an event for something that meant a lot to him and they raised so much money that you won’t even begin to imagine how much money they raised to help other people struggling with addiction get them to the right place and things that. I hope and my prayer is that a few moments of us are confused, a few minutes here, where we were seen in front of the camera, not in the private room, in the separate room for an hour, I hope we do not lose what we really are it was happening. Because Darren had a great idea. He had a great plan. He wants to help people.
“We had to keep the masks, even if we came in and were introduced. … I was just there trying to support Waller. That’s what the boys and I were trying to do, but that’s the end of it. “
This report uses information from the Associated Press.