National Football League fines 3 coaches, clubs for unmasked coaches

Tanya Simon
September 23, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers' Kyle Shanahan, the Denver Broncos' Vic Fangio and the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll each were fined $100,000 for not wearing masks Sunday, and their teams were docked $250,000, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The NFL has fined five head coaches and teams this week, totaling more than $1.7 million in fines, after they violated the league's guidance on wearing face coverings during games.

Among the violators were Patriots coach Bill Belichick and both coaches in Monday night's game, Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean Payton of the Saints.

A week ago, Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, sent a memo to clubs cautioning coaching personnel to wear their masks at all times.

Players - including players who see little to no action - are exempt from the mask requirements.

Kyle Shanahan

Mask-wearing is recommended but not required for players on the sideline during games in most National Football League stadiums.

Speaking of Gruden, following Monday's 34-24 win over the Saints, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Raiders head coach admitted he had the coronavirus earlier this year.

"I've had the virus", Gruden said.

Gruden wore his face mask like a chin strap and Payton wore his gaiter like a turtleneck. But it's a very serious matter, and obviously I'm sensitive about it.

The NFL is not messing around with its COVID-19 safety protocols. "I'm calling plays. I just wanna communicate in these situations, and if I get fined, I'll have to pay the fine, but I'm very sensitive about that and I apologize". To which Kolber quickly added, "but then you need to push it back up".

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