After last week’s NFL Monday Night Football, Jon Gruden received a $100,000 fine for not wearing his mask properly. On Sunday, Gruden returned with a new mask that has Twitter blasting the Las Vegas Raiders head coach.
At the beginning of the game, Gruden sported an athletic gaiter. However, by the end of the game, Gruden’s mask looked like barely more than a “ripped off T-shirt” sleeve as one Twitter user accurately put it.
During the game, a number of NFL fans took to social media to comment on Gruden’s “mask.” Check out some of the best Twitter reactions below:
NFL Hands Out Fines Over Coronavirus Protocols
Earlier this week, Gruden spoke about contracting the coronavirus. He released a statement at the time explaining that he takes the virus seriously.
“I’ve had the virus. I’m doing my best,” Gruden said. “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.”
In addition to Jon Gruden, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan received a $100k fine for improperly wearing a face mask. Furthermore, the 49ers and Raiders received $250,000 fines as a team. In total, the NFL handed out $1.7 million in fines, NBC Sports reports.
Not only are the Raiders under fire for violating coronavirus protocols on game day, but also the team faces penalizations for COVID-19 potentially spreading in the team’s locker room. According to ESPN, the NFL believes the Raiders allowed a non-credentialed team employee to enter the locker room during the team’s 34-24 win against the Saints on Monday night.
The NFL’s coronavirus guidelines assert that only 40 employees from each team can enter a locker room, CBS Sports reports. However, that number doesn’t include players. Furthermore, the total does not include the general manager, coaching staff, athletic training staff, and the equipment managers.