Report: Waller, Raiders teammates fined for maskless event originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Just four weeks into the 2020 NFL season, the Raiders once again are in the headlines for COVID-19 protocol violations. Tight end Darren Waller and several teammates were fined after they were seen without masks at an indoor event benefitting Waller's foundation, NFL Media's Tom Pelissero, Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported Monday citing league sources.
The NFL Management Council sent the fine letters to players today. At least the third COVID-related issue for the #Raiders that has led to discipline in recent weeks.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 5, 2020
On the plus side, the event raised upwards of $300,000 for Waller’s foundation. https://t.co/XicQHAqJ5C
According to those at the event, Waller wore his mask the entire time. The event, however, did violate Nevada state law on indoor gatherings over 50 people. The country club that housed the event was fined $2,000 for violations, including not enforcing mask wearing indoors.
According to Rapoport, quarterback Derek Carr was among the nine other players receiving fines in addition to Waller.
Darren Waller got $30K. The following players were fined $15K: Derek Carr, Derek Carrier, Zay Jones, Nevin Lawson, Erik Magnuson (practice squad), Foster Moreau, Nathan Peterman, Hunter Renfrow, Jason Witten. https://t.co/ZqqDpy1sxA— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2020
It was a charity event for Waller's foundation, which supports young adults dealing with alcohol and drug addiction. The event raised over $300,000, and included contributions both from individual Raiders and the organization.
The Raiders aren't off to a strong start with following the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, as the team and Jon Gruden each were issued six-figure fines after Week 2 due to the Raiders' head coach not properly wearing his mask on the sideline.
Las Vegas also reportedly was fined $50,000 over the weekend after an investigation by the league revealed that an unauthorized Raiders team employee entered the locker room, another violation of the NFL's protocol.
For one of the NFL's most notable organizations, this isn't a good look amid a global pandemic. The consequences likely will increase as punishments continue to get doled out, so the organization will need to take a step back and be more diligent about following the league's protocol, or it could really cost them.