NFL Takes a Draft Pick From the Raiders for Repeated COVID-19 Violations

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SJ - November 6, 2020

The NFL isn't happy with the Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden's repeated violations of the COVID-19 protocols.  As a result they're taking a 2021 draft pick from the team.

On top of the draft pick, the league handed down another fine to both the team and Gruden.

From ESPN:

The Las Vegas Raiders have been fined $500,000 and stripped of a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft and coach Jon Gruden has been fined an additional $150,000 by the NFL for what one source described to ESPN as "brazen and repeated violations of [COVID-19] protocols."

This after the Raiders had already been docked $250,000 and Gruden $100,000 for his not wearing a mask properly during the team's Week 2 home opener and the team was fined an additional $50,000 for allowing a non-credentialed employee access to the locker room following that game.

It turns out the league isn't a fan of wearing a thong as a mask.  It also turns out the league wasn't kidding when they said they would take draft picks.

I would expect the Raiders to pay much closer attention to the COVID-19 protocols for the rest of the season.  Just kidding, the Raiders are absolutely going to get punished again before the end of the season.