NFL: Roger Goodell Slammed for Not Wearing Mask at Super Bowl LV During Trophy Presentation

by Katie Maloney

Safety-conscious fans are asking why Roger Goodell didn’t wear a mask during Super Bowl trophy presentation?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed the Lombardi Trophy to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday night after their 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. However, he wasn’t wearing a mask despite the NFL’s COVID-19 safety protocols. The protocols made it mandatory for players and coaches to wear masks during games and gatherings. Throughout the season, several teams, players, and coaches were fined for not following the rules. So, fans are wondering why Goodell didn’t wear a mask?

Fans took to Twitter to voice their upset after the Super Bowl. One fan wrote, “Roger Goodell, who fined teams for improper mask use, does not wear a mask during the Vince Lombardi Trophy ceremony.”

Another fan recognized that’s it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of the day but also called for Goodell to wear a mask. He wrote, “Roger Goodell could have made a supportive statement of wearing a mask during this ceremony, but didn’t. Tampa Bay owner thanks healthcare workers while also not wearing a mask. The irony. I get it. Be happy, be in the moment, but… pandemic still.”

Someone else took a photo of the presentation and said that Goodell should be fined.

Fans Celebrating Super Bowl Win Join Roger Goodell In Not Wearing Masks

 Prior to Sunday night’s game, Tampa Bay Mayor Jane Castor issued an order requiring masks at Super Bowl parties. However, videos went viral of fans both in and outside Raymond James Stadium celebrating the Super Bowl win without protective face coverings. The city even handed out around 200,000 masks before the game. And although many people followed safety regulations, a large population did not.

Castor shared her disappointment with Buccaneers fans Monday morning. She said that fans stayed out all night and packed themselves into bars to celebrate all while not wearing masks. She said that the actions of the fans could potentially undo the progress the city has made in lowering their coronavirus diagnosis numbers.

“It is a little frustrating because we have worked so hard,” said Castor during a news conference following the Super Bowl. “At this point in dealing with COVID-19, there is a level of frustration when you see that.”

Despite her disappointment with the fans who opted out of wearing masks, Castor said that she’s proud of the fans who took “personal responsibility” and followed regulations.

“I’m proud to say the majority of individuals that I saw out and about enjoying the festivities associated with the Super Bowl were complying,” Castor said. “They understood their level of personal responsibility and they were doing the right thing. I’m very proud of that.”

Castor said that the city and the Buccaneers are planning an official celebration to be held later this week.

“This win was from the Buccaneers team but this win was for our entire community,” she said. “They deserve to be able to celebrate with the team. Everybody will be able to participate and participate safely.”