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Report: Chiefs Ask NFL to Launch Probe After NFLPA Rep Met with Players Unmasked

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIINovember 11, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs huddle on the field during an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The Kansas City Chiefs have requested that the NFL investigate a recent meeting between Chiefs players and a representative from the NFL Players Association, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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2/2 Concern is this is a violation of NFL-NFLPA protocols and the rep is not subject to same testing as players and personnel and regularly travels among clubs, per source. NFL and team believes this created unnecessary risk of exposure to players and staff. https://t.co/XG8b60qFUb

Kansas City alleges the player rep was not wearing a mask while conducting a face-to-face meeting with athletes that "created unnecessary risk of exposure" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Schefter reported the NFLPA has already taken action following the incident. 

It remains unclear how the NFL is handling this, as well as whether any type of punishment is within the parameters.

The league and union entered a joint agreement before the season that established a set of guidelines to protect against the spread of the virus. However, the NFLPA rep was reportedly not subject to the same level of testing as players and team personnel. 

The Chiefs are one of many teams around the league to experience outbreaks of COVID-19 in recent weeks, and while there are no allegations that the Chiefs meeting resulted in exposure, both the league and union have routinely updated their protocols and emphasized safety measures. 

Most recently, the Las Vegas Raiders were fined $500,000 and stripped of a sixth-round draft pick in 2021 after the league found the organization violated pandemic protocols despite prior warnings. Head coach Jon Gruden was separately fined $150,000 as part of the league's punishment. 

Because of the nature of the union representative's travel schedule, the Chiefs want to make sure they have as much information about the circumstances of the meeting as possible and are asking for the league's help. 

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