Several Las Vegas Raiders players attended a charity event hosted by teammate Darren Waller, which violated Nevada rules for the coronavirus pandemic and could violate NFL regulations.
The Darren Waller Foundation held a fundraising event Monday at the DragonRidge Provincial Club in suburban Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada. The money raised is intended to help young people overcome drug and alcohol addiction.
Players were seen on video without masks at the indoor event as they talked and mingled with guests who also did not wear masks.
The city of Henderson fined the country club $ 2,000 on Tuesday for four violations of the Nevada Gov. COVID-19 emergency directives, including people who do not wear masks and have more than 50 people at the event. The club has 30 days to pay or challenge the fine.
Players in attendance included quarterbacks Derek Carr and Nathan Peterman, tight ends Jason Witten, Foster Moreau and Derek Carrier, recipient Zay Jones and cornerback Nevin Lawson, as well as tight Waller.
The NFL and NFLPA rules limit what players are allowed to do away from team equipment this season to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Players are prohibited from attending an event that “violates local and state restrictions.”
Raiders owner Mark Davis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the team was investigating what happened inside.
“Obviously we take responsibility for that,” Davis told the Review-Journal. “You don’t like to see that. I don’t know it’s actually built into our memories that you have to wear a mask. Our organization takes it very seriously.”
The NFL and a representative of the Waller Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is the last possible violation of the COVID-19 protocols by Raiders at the beginning of this season. Coach John Gruden was fined $ 100,000 and the team was fined $ 250,000 for failing to properly wear his side mask during a week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints, sources told ESPN.
The team is also being investigated for admitting an unauthorized team member to the locker room after the Saints game, ESPN reported on Sunday.
Gruden said after the Saints’ game that he had a coronavirus in July and stressed that the team took him seriously.
This report uses information from the Associated Press.