Tennessee news today should serve as a warning to the rest of the NFL: Playing a season against a pandemic will not be easy.
It will be harder if the players succumb to protocol fatigue.
Enter Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders potentially violated the mandates of the NFL and Nevada at a public gathering on Monday night, Vincent Bonsignor of Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Byron Waller hosted a fundraiser for his foundation, which seeks to prepare young people to avoid and overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Videos of players surfaced, including quarterback Derek Carr and Nathan Peterman, and tight ends of Jason Witten and Foster Moreau, with no facials as they mingled at the event.
“You don’t like seeing that,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told Bonsignore. “I don’t know that it’s actually built into our memories that you have to wear a mask.”
The city of Henderson did not know about the incident until then and is investigating, a city spokeswoman told Bonsignore.
It is not clear if the participants were tested before the event. NFL players are tested daily.
But the NFL and NFLPA have agreed on a mandate for personal liability as part of a revised CBA for 2020. It explicitly prohibits players from engaging in certain behaviors this season as part of risk mitigation.
Among the restrictions, players are not allowed to attend indoor nightclubs with crowds of 10 or more or to attend a gathering or event that violates local and / or state restrictions. They are also required to wear face coatings while in public.
The league can fine players for violating the rules of personal responsibility.
The Raiders have already fined the league $ 250,000 and Jon Gruden $ 100,000 for the coach’s inability to dress his face in a game against the Saints. They were also reportedly under investigation for admitting an unauthorized team member to their locker room after that game Monday night, potentially violating NFL policy.