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Saints Reportedly Facing Major Discipline After More COVID Protocol Violations

The New Orleans Saints are in hot water again due to broken COVID-19 protocols. On Saturday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network tweeted out that the franchise was facing discipline after more violations. This will mark the third offense.

According to Pelissero, this could be the biggest COVID discipline yet.

The incident stems from a violation by Alvin Kamara that was captured on surveillance video prior to Week 17. The star running back reportedly interacted with a non-employee at the team facility, and that person later tested positive for COVID.

From there, we all remember what happened.

Kamara also tested positive, and that caused several of the team’s running backs to miss the Week 17 road game against the Carolina Panthers due to contact tracing and other high-risk factors. Apparently, the NFL isn’t taking the matter seriously.

The reason? This is the third offense for the Saints. The first two offenses included:

  • Failing to properly wear face coverings in Week 2
  • Maskless celebration following Week 9 victory

In total, New Orleans was fined $750,000 and lost a seventh-round draft pick, while head coach Sean Payton was fined $100,000 for his role. From the sounds of it, the punishment will likely look a lot worse this time around.

How is that sitting with Saints fans? Not good.

It should be noted that New Orleans only has three picks for the upcoming draft. That will change with compensatory picks, but the ammunition was already limited.

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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