Exclusive : NFL charges fines Raiders, Jon Gruden, takes draft pick for rehashed COVID-19 infringement

The Las Vegas Raiders have been fined $500,000 and deprived of a 6th round pick in the 2021 draft and mentor Jon Gruden has been fined an extra $150,000 by the NFL for what one source depicted to ESPN as “audacious and rehashed infringement of [COVID-19] conventions.”

This came after the Raiders had just been docked $250,000 and Gruden $100,000 for his not wearing a veil appropriately during the group’s Week 2 home opener, and the group was fined an extra $50,000 for permitting a non-credentialed representative admittance to the storage space following that game.

Likewise, close end Darren Waller was fined $30,000 and nine colleagues, including quarterback Derek Carr, were dinged $15,000 each for showing up Oct. 5 at a Waller Foundation noble cause function maskless and blending in with the group.

Altogether, Las Vegas has piled up $1.185 million in fines for breaking COVID-19 conventions, and the Raiders are the principal group to lose a draft pick over the infringement.

Neither Gruden, who said he had the infection this mid year, nor proprietor Mark Davis – who told ESPN in late September, “Folks must be more rigid in battling the infection; it’s as yet our hardest rival.” – reacted quickly for input, however Gruden is booked to address the media on Friday.

Yippee Sports initially revealed the disciplines Thursday.

Fourteen days prior, Pro Bowl right tackle Trent Brown tried positive for COVID-19, but since he was not wearing his tracer at the group office, and a few players were not wearing veils after new kid on the block cornerback Damon Arnette had gone on the save/COVID-19 rundown, the four different individuals from Las Vegas’ beginning hostile line – left tackle Kolton Miller, left watchman Denzelle Good, focus Rodney Hudson and right gatekeeper Gabe Jackson – were regarded high-hazard close contacts and all needed to self-isolate during the week.

Truth be told, the Raiders’ booked ideal time game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that week was moved from the opening into an evening the opening shot and the four were not cleared to play until the morning of the game, without having drilled.

Earthy colored fell off the COVID-19 rundown a week ago and was scheduled to begin at Cleveland, however a pregame IV setback brought about his remaining the night in a nearby medical clinic. He got back to the Raiders on Wednesday and on Thursday, actually managing entanglements from the infection, backpedaled on the COVID-19 rundown.

On Tuesday, the NFL and NFL Players Association delivered refreshed COVID-19 conventions after sure game-day tests brought about a few high-hazard close contacts. The alliance currently suggests players and staff wear covers uninvolved during games.

Sources said the Raiders had been cautioned more than once about explicit infringement yet those infringement have proceeded despite the admonitions. More serious punishments could follow if there are further infringement.

Gruden, who embraced a mantra of “Smash the Virus” during instructional course, resented a week ago with the Raiders being held up as a wake up call.

“I’m truly glad for our association and what we’ve done,” he said at that point. “There’s a ton of things I think have been composed and said about a portion of the infringement that we have submitted. We’re on the front line of beating the infection. What we’ve done as an association are first class.”