The Las Vegas Raiders will face the heftiest punishment of any team to date for multiple violations of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.
The league is fining the organization $500,000 and coach Jon Gruden $150,000, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported Thursday. The Raiders also will be stripped of a sixth-round draft pick, per the report.
No other team has been docked a draft selection for violating the league's COVID-19 policies. The Tennessee Titans were fined $350,000 in October after a joint investigation between the league and NFL Players Association determined the organization did not properly relay information to players during its COVID-19 outbreak and at times had personnel not wearing masks in the facility.
After Raiders right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, the NFL found video evidence that included several players not wearing masks or face shields and not adhering to social distancing on the sidelines, a person with knowledge of the league's investigation told USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal details of the probe.
The investigation also found that Brown removed the electronic contact tracing device that players and staff members are required to wear as a tool for mitigating spread.
Brown was placed back on the COVID-19 reserve list on Thursday.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reacts following a penalty in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. (Photo: Ron Chenoy, Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Gruden was one of five NFL head coaches fined $100,000 in September for repeatedly violating the league's requirement of wearing a mask on the sidelines. The team was fined $250,000 as part of the punishment and docked $50,000 for permitting a non-credentialed team employee into the locker room at Allegiant Stadium following the Week 2 victory against the New Orleans Saints.
In October, Raiders tight end Darren Waller was fined $30,000 and nine teammates were fined $15,000 each for not wearing masks during a charity event in Henderson, Nevada.
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