NFL players can be fined for high risk COVID-19 behavior during the 2020 season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
The discipline schedule comes from the agreement between the NFL and NFLPA.
According to the document, obtained by NFL Network, NFL teams may fine a player one week's salary and/or suspend that player for up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team for engaging in what is considered high-risk COVID-19 behavior.
The NFL Management Council just sent clubs an updated discipline schedule, including fines and suspensions for "High Risk COVID-19 conduct," such as going to clubs, bars and house parties without PPE.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 4, 2020
No longer labeled High Risk in the final deal: Church. pic.twitter.com/0lntiBNZYS
There are no written warnings necessary before fines begin.
According to the document, here are all the details about what constitutes as high-risk behavior:
1. Attending an indoor night club unless player is wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) and there are no more than 10 people in the club.
2. Attending an indoor bar (other than to pick up food) unless player is wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people in the bar.
a. For clarity, a "bar" does not include an establishment that offers food service and which a player attends primarily for food service even if the establishment also includes a full-service bar.
3. House gatherings of more than 15 people without the player and all guests wearing masks or PPE or where social distancing for more than 10 people is impossible.
4. Attending an indoor music concert/entertainment event.
5. Attending a professional sporting event (other than applicable NFL games or events) unless the player is seated in a separate seating section, such as a suite or owner's box, is wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section.
6. Attending an event that is prohibited by state and/or local regulation, executive order or law implemented due to COVID-19.
Other potential fines for violating NFL-NFLPA protocols, after written warning for first offense:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 4, 2020
- Refusal to submit to virus testing: $50,000
- Refusal to wear mask, PPE or tracking device, or maintain social distancing during team travel: progressive discipline up to $14,650
It's important to note that the report from NFL Network says that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees of teams are subject to comparable discipline if they violate those rules too.
Furthermore, the report says Commissioner Goodell may discipline individual teams if they fail to discipline their players for these infractions.
Without being in a bubble, the NFL is counting on its players acting responsibly to limit the spread of the coronavirus. While all of these things might seem obvious, the added incentive to not get fined might prevent some stupid behavior.
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