FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts – The New England Patriots have been fined $ 350,000 for violating the COVID-19 protocol, which was linked to positive tests by Cam Newton and others in October, a source confirmed ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The same amount the NFL violated in late October against similar violations against the Tennessee Titans. There were cases in the Titans’ situation that did not wear a mask, which contributed to the fine, sources told ESPN.
The NFL Network reported the fine for the first time.
Newton’s positive COVID-19 test was on Oct. 2, two days before the Patriots visited Super Bowl defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The game was set back one day, Newton didn’t play, and the Patriots traveled to Kansas City on two separate planes the morning of the game — one with about 20 players and crew members who were considered close to Newton and the other with everyone else.
The day after the game, Stephon Gilmore, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, tested positive for COVID-19. Gilmore had a close relationship with Newton.
This stage proved decisive in the Patriots season. They went 2-1 into the game against the Chiefs, but lost their next four games as they were apparently affected by a lack of training time. In the coming weeks, several other players were added to the COVID-19 / reserve list.
“We played pretty well in the first three weeks of the season, and then I said we had regressed over the next 2½ weeks with a combination of causes,” said Bill Belichick, Patriots coach earlier on Sirius XM NFL Radio.