At a time when the Denver Broncos have finished their quarterbacks, the Orleans Saints have lost a draft pick.
League sources told ESPN that the NFL fined the Saints, 500,000 and picked up the seventh-round draft because they did not wear masks during their post-game ceremonies after beating Tampa Bay 38-3 in Week 9. .
The saints, who were not happy with the discipline, have appealed the league’s decision. The Saints believe that other teams in the league have also celebrated victories without masks, but the Orleans approach has had no effect.
The Saints players and team posted videos of the celebration from their own postgame locker room, and it immediately went to the NFL. Head coach Sean Payton, linebacker Damrio Davis and quarterback James Winston, who made his season debut in his former team’s win, were among those seen dancing and celebrating. The video was posted on Instagram Receiver by Tray Quan Smith.
The NFL took similar action against the Raiders earlier this season, when Las Vegas was fined 500 500,000, head coach John Gruden was fined $ 150,000 and the franchise violated the COVID-19 protocol. He was disqualified from the sixth round.
One issue the league focused on, according to sources, was that Payton and the Saints are repeat offenders like Gruden and the Raiders. Payton was fined 100 100,000 and Saints 250 250,000 for not wearing a mask during the Week 2 loss to the New Orleans in Las Vegas. NFL discipline is almost always tougher for repeat offenders.
On November 3, the NFL sent a memo to all teams with a COVOD-19 protocol, emphasizing: “All players and staff must wear a mask or double-layered gator in the locker room during the game – before the game Half time, and post-game. “
According to sources, talks between the Saints and the NFL will continue, but the locker room celebration video was there for everyone to watch.