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Raiders Lose Draft Pick, Fined For COVID Protocol Violations

Wow, the NFL is actually doing it.

The Las Vegas Raiders are being fined $500,000. Head coach Jon Gruden is being fined $150,000. And the team is being stripped of a sixth-round draft pick.

Why? According to the league, the punishment comes in response to repeated violations of COVID-19 protocols. Charles Robinson, a senior report for Yahoo, was the first to break the news via Twitter.

The NFL has warned teams and individuals for quite some time about proper COVID precautions, and we now know those were not empty threats.

“Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game,” commissioner Roger Goodell stated in a memo sent back in October.

Will the Raiders serve as a message for other franchises? That remains to be seen.

It will be interesting to see if we get a response from the Raiders or Gruden in particular. The violations stem from offensive tackle Trent Brown returning to the reserve/COVID-19 list after coming off of it just six days ago.

Yikes.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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