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Raiders Fined, Docked Draft Pick Over COVID Violations

Brock Fritz

The Las Vegas Raiders’ COVID-19-related fines have surpassed $1 million after the NFL fined the team and took a draft pick away for violating COVID-19 protocols.

Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson wrote Thursday that “repeated offenses” led the NFL to fine the Raiders $500,000, fine head coach Jon Gruden $150,000 and strip the team of a sixth-round draft pick. The punishments, which stem from offensive tackle Trent Brown’s positive COVID-19 test in October, aren’t the first for the Raiders this season.

An ESPN source said the most recent punishments were due to “brazen and repeated violations of protocols.”

The fines began after Week 2, when the Raiders were fined $250,000 and Gruden fined $100,000 for the coach failing to wear his mask properly. Another $50,000 was docked that week for the team allowing a non-credentialed employee into the Raiders’ locker room. Ten Raiders were fined a total of $165,000 for failing to adhere to protocols during a September charity event.

Brown and five teammates were quarantined after an Oct. 21 practice. Part of the violations came from Brown failing to continually wear a tracking device intended to help with contact tracing.

The Raiders aren’t the only team to be punished this season. The NFL also fined the Tennessee Titans $350,000 last month.

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