Saints facing severe NFL punishment for mask violation

Saints facing severe NFL punishment for mask violation

November 15, 2020

The Saints did everything right in last week’s 38-3 win over the Buccaneers. New Orleans did everything wrong in the celebration that followed.

The Saints are reportedly facing significant discipline for failing to wear facemasks during their postgame celebration, according to ESPN, with the team’s official Twitter account showcasing the COVID-19 protocol violations on videos posted to the site.

New Orleans could face similar punishment as the Las Vegas Raiders, who were recently fined $500,000 — head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 — and stripped of a sixth-round pick for violating COVID-19 protocol. The discipline is expected to be levied this week, according to the report, and is expected to be as severe because Saints coach Sean Payton and team have already been fined — like Gruden and the Raiders — once before the most recent incident. Payton had to pay $100,000, while New Orleans was fined $250,00 for failure to wear a mask during a Week 2 game in Las Vegas.

In addition to the video posted by the Saints’ team account, linebacker Demario Davis and C.J. Gardner-Johnson also posted videos of the players dancing in the locker room, with several not wearing masks.

On Nov. 3, the NFL sent out a memo to every team with updated protocols, declaring that “ All players and staff must wear masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday — prior to the game, during halftime, and post-game.”

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