Report: NFL investigating Raiders for violating COVID-19 protocols

Liz Roscher
·2 min read

The NFL is reportedly investigating the Las Vegas Raiders for allegedly violating one of the NFL-NFLPA’s COVID-19 protocols.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, an unauthorized person allegedly gained access to the Raiders locker room after their Week 2 win against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

Schefter reported that the Raiders’ unauthorized guest evaded several security checkpoints before entering the locker room. It’s unknown who this person was or how long they were in the locker room, but the NFL reportedly believes that it has evidence that the security breach happened.

As part of the NFL’s effort to keep COVID-19 from breaking out on one or multiple teams, access to team locker rooms is limited this season. Only 40 employees per team can be allowed into the locker room, and they must be either coaching staff, training staff or equipment staff. The general manager is also allowed entry, as is one security person and one member of the public relations staff. All 40 employees must be credentialed.

The Raiders could be in hot water (again) after an unauthorized team employee allegedly gained access to the locker room. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Raiders could be in hot water (again) after an unauthorized team employee allegedly gained access to the locker room. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It’s possible that the Raiders could be disciplined if the NFL’s investigation finds that a non-credentialed employee entered the locker room.

It’s just Week 3 and the Raiders are already no stranger to being disciplined by the NFL for COVID-19 protocol violations. During Monday night’s game, head coach Jon Gruden wasn’t consistently wearing his mask around his nose and mouth. The NFL requires that all non-player sideline staff wear their masks correctly at all times, so the league fined Gruden $100,000 and the Raiders $250,000.

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