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3 NFL Teams Reportedly Hit With $1 Million+ In Fines After Coaches Violated Mask Rule

According to multiple reports, the head coaches of the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos were all fined after being shown not properly wearing masks on the sideline.

San Francisco 49ers Head coach Kyle Shanahan shown without his mask on during their game on September 13, 2020 | Getty Images
San Francisco 49ers Head coach Kyle Shanahan shown without his mask on during their game on September 13, 2020 | Getty Images

Three NFL teams have reportedly been hit with more than $1 million in fines after their head coaches were shown on the sidelines improperly wearing their masks. Coaches are required to wear masks in NFL facilities, according to league rules.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and several other reports, three head coaches including Vic Fangio of the Denver Broncos, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, and Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers were all individually fined $100,000. Their teams were separately fined $250,000 each. 

Professional football insiders predict that coaches from the New England Patriots, the New Orleans' Saints and Las Vegas Raiders could be fined next for improper mask use. 

During week two games of the NFL season, which were mostly played in empty stadiums, all three coaches were shown with their masks below their chins during games. 

Last week, Troy Vincent, the executive vice president of football operations sent a memo to all 32 teams reminding coaches and staff to wear facial coverings throughout the game. 

“We must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments,” Vincent wrote. 

Vincent also said in the memo that anyone failing to adhere to the league’s mask rules will face consequences. 

While players are not required to wear masks during games, they do receive daily COVID-19 testing, according to the league’s COVID-19 policies. Staff and coaches are also regularly tested. All members of the NFL teams are required to follow social distancing guidelines in locker rooms and meal rooms or at other team facilities. 

Ahead of the 2020 season, players were given the option to opt out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league said 67 players chose to sit out the season and were given a stipend of $150,000. During training camp ahead of the season, several players tested positive for COVID-19. 

After Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden was asked about wearing his mask improperly during Monday night’s game, Gruden told reporters: “I've had the virus. I'm doing my best. I'm very sensitive about it ... I'm calling plays. I just wanna communicate in these situations, and if I get fined, I'll have to pay the fine, but I'm very sensitive about that and I apologize.”