The news out of Tennessee today should serve as a warning to the rest of the NFL: playing a season amid an epidemic is not going to be easy.
It is becoming harder for players to succumb to protocol fatigue.
Enter the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders players potentially violated the NFL and the state of Nevada at a public meeting Monday night, Vincent Bonsignor Las Vegas Review Journal Report.
Raiders tight end Darren Waller hosted a fundraiser for his foundation, which seeks to equip youth to overcome and overcome drug and alcohol addiction. Videos of players have surfaced, including quarterbacks Derek Carr and Nathan Peterman, with tight ends Jason Witten and Foster Moru without face coverings mingling at the event.
“It’s not good to see you,” Raiders owner Mark Davis told Bonsigan. “I don’t know that it’s really built into our memories that you have to wear a mask.”
The city of Henderson was unaware of the incident and was investigating later, a city spokesman told Boncignore.
It is unclear whether attendees were tested before the incident. NFL players are tested daily.
But the NFL and NFLPA agreed to an individual responsibility mandate for 2020 as part of the revised CBA. This specifically prevents players from engaging in certain behaviors this season as part of risk mitigation.
Amid the restrictions, players are not allowed to attend indoor nightclubs with crowds of 10 or more or attend any gathering or event that violates local and / or state restrictions. They are also required to wear face coverings in public.
The league can fine players for violating their individual responsibility rules.
The Raiders had already fined the league $ 250,000 and John Gruden $ 100,000 for failing to cover face in a game against the Saints. They are under investigation for allegedly allowing an employee of a non-credential team, after a Monday night game in their locker room, to possibly violate NFL policy.