At a time when the Denver Broncos lost their quarterback, the New Orleans Saints lost the draft election.
The NFL fined the Saints $ 500,000 and took a seventh-round draft list for not wearing a mask during their post-match ceremony after beating Tampa Bay 38-3 in Week 9, tournament sources said. With ESPN.
The Saints, who were not at all happy with the discipline, appealed the decision of the league. The Saints believe the other teams in the league also celebrated the victory without masks, but none were hit as hard as in New Orleans.
The Saints ’players and the team itself posted festive videos from the post-game locker room, and this immediately caught the attention of the NFL. Head coach Sean Payton, linebacker Demario Davis and quarterback Jameis Winston, who debuted this season in victory over his previous team, were among those who danced and celebrated in the video Tre’Quan Smith posted on Instagram.
Davis and CJ Gardner-Johnson also posted videos about the postgame to dance and celebrate on social media. The Saints no longer have a video of the locker room celebration on their official Twitter account.
The NFL took similar action against the Raiders earlier in the season when Las Vegas were selected for the $ 500,000, head coach Jon Gruden for $ 150,000 and the franchise for the sixth round for violating the COVID-19 protocol.
According to sources, one of the issues in the league was that, like Gruden and the Raiders, Payton and the Saints were repeat offenders. Payton was fined $ 100,000 and the Saints $ 250,000 for not wearing a mask during the second week in New Orleans, Las Vegas. NFL discipline is almost always stricter than repeat offenders.
On November 3, the NFL sent a reminder to all teams, with updated COVID-19 protocols, emphasizing, “All players and staff must wear a mask or two-layer gaiters in the locker room before game day – before game, during halftime, and after game. “
Sources say conversations between the Saints and the NFL continue, but the locker room festive video was available to everyone.