The National Football League has slapped the Las Vegas Raiders with a $500,000 fine and stripped the team of a draft pick for flouting the league's Covid-19 protocols, United States media reported on Thursday. The team had not commented on the transaction as of Thursday evening, but Albert Breer of MMQB reported that Brown was experiencing complications from the virus. A joint investigation by the league and the players association later determined that Brown failed at times to wear a tracking device that aids in contact tracing, Robinson reported.
The Raiders have now surpassed $1.2 million in fines for COVID-19 violations.
At a practice on October 19 a day before Brown tested positive, he was not wearing a mask as required and didn't socially distance with teammates.
Brown's test result is the fourth major COVID-related incident involving the Raiders this season.
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Team allowed an unauthorized person into its locker room after a Monday night win against New Orleans. He missed one game and was set to play in Week 8 against the Browns, but was a late scratch for that game after an IV mishap.
The first National Football League team to be stripped of a draft pick because of violations of COVID-19 protocols has finally happened. Brown went back on the COVID-19 list Thursday when he had more symptoms.
In early October, 10 Raiders players were fined by the league for a total of $165,000 for attending a fundraiser event for charity and not wearing a face covering.
The Raiders have already been docked $250,000 and Gruden $100,000 for his not wearing a mask properly during the team's Week 2 game. Four Las Vegas offensive linemen were placed in quarantine but later cleared in time for that contest.