Report: Raiders Fined $500K, Jon Gruden Fined $150K After Trent Brown COVID Test

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIINovember 6, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden speaks on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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The Las Vegas Raiders have been fined $500,000 and stripped of a sixth-round draft pick after the NFL concluded the organization again broke COVID-19 protocols, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. 

The league began investigating after a positive test was confirmed for offensive tackle Trent Brown in late October. Head coach Jon Gruden has also been fined $150,000. 

This is the first time the NFL has revoked a draft pick from a team for violating COVID-19 protocols. 

The Raiders were one of the first teams penalized for not properly wearing masks on game day this season. Gruden was fined $100,000 while the organization was forced to pay $250,000. In total, the NFL has now taken $1.2 million in fines from Las Vegas as well as a pick. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league found multiple violations of the health and safety guidelines agreed to by the NFL and Players Association, including Gruden's failure to consistently wear a face mask, players attending a large indoor gathering and allowing unauthorized personnel into its locker room following a game.

The penalties come at the end of a week where multiple teams have seen COVID-19 outbreaks shut down their facilities including a number of clubs that have already been fined for not adhering to the the coronavirus protocols. 

The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos have both had employees test positive this week with multiple Niners starters forced to miss Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Las Vegas is scheduled to face AFC West rival Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. 


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