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Report: NFL strips Raiders of 6th Rd. pick, plus fines for Covid-19 protocol violations

NFL comes down hard on Las Vegas Raiders for multiple Covid-19 violations.

Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders looks on from the sideline in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders will face heavy fines and the loss of a 2021 6th round pick due to multiple Covid-19 protocol violations, per Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson. The team will also face a $500,000 fine while coach Jon Gruden will need to pay $150,000 for being a “repeat offender” according to Robinson.

The fines stem from offensive lineman Trent Brown’s positive Covid test in October, which was the third instance the Raiders have been fined this season. The first came when Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 and the team $250,000 when Gruden didn’t properly wear his mask on the sideline during the game against the Saints in Week 2. Then, the team was fined $50,000 for allowing unauthorized personnel into the locker room after a game. Members of the team were also seen at a charity event not wearing masks in late September.

These latest fines and the loss of a draft pick are the strongest given out this season, as no other team has lost a pick, but instead only faced cash fines. The Raiders as a team have now been fined $800,000, while Gruden himself is up to $250,000. This should obviously send a strong signal to other teams that the hammer will come down, especially for repeat offenders.