The concept of wearing masks continues to escape the Las Vegas Raiders.
A total of 10 Raiders players have received fines from the NFL for failure to follow COVID-19 mask protocol at an indoor charity event put on by tight end Darren Waller. Waller received the largest fine, at $30,000. An additional nine players were each fined $15,000: Derek Carr, Jason Witten, Derek Carrier, Zay Jones, Nevin Lawson, Erik Magnuson, Foster Moreau, Nathan Peterman and Hunter Renfrow.
The Raiders broke the portion of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol that prohibits players from attending any event that “violates local and state restrictions.” The city of Henderson fined the DragonRidge Country Club (where the event was held) $2,000 for ignoring the local COVID-19 mandates.
The fines come down from the league a day after Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden failed to consistently follow sideline mask rules in a loss to the Bills. Gruden already earned himself and the Raiders a fine after failure to comply with the rules in Week 2 — those fines totaled $100,000 for Gruden himself and another $250,000 for the Raiders.
The Raiders’ charity event was hosted in Henderson last week and included an auction to help those fighting drug and alcohol addiction. The event raised more than $300,000 in total. The only problem was that those 10 Raiders players were pictured at the event without masks.
Las Vegas’ starting quarterback, Carr, recently spoke about the issue at the event, saying, “We should have kept the masks on, even if we are coming in and they’re introducing us.”
NFL fine money itself goes to charitable causes, including to the NFL Player Care Foundation, which provides assistance to retired NFL players. In total, the Raiders’ fines from their maskless outing at the charity event total $165,000. Added together with the post-Week 2 fines, the Raiders have paid $515,000 in fines this season related to failure to follow mask protocol.
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