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Raiders reportedly fined $500K, docked a 6th-rounder for COVID-19 protocol violations

Coach Jon Gruden was also fined $150,000

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The Las Vegas Raiders were hit with some bad news on Thursday evening, as the NFL came down hard on them for violating the league’s coronavirus protocol — and not for the first time.

According to multiple reports, the NFL is fining the Raiders $500,000 and docking them of a sixth-round draft pick, presumably in the 2021 NFL Draft. On top of that, coach Jon Gruden is being fined $150,000.

The penalties come for coronavirus protocol breaches pertaining to offensive tackle Trent Brown, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in October.

The punishment is extra steep on account of the Raiders being a repeat offender. They had already been subject to less harsh penalties earlier in the season, following their first coronavirus protocol breaches, and now their total tally of fines and penalties is looking pretty massive.

Fans likely don’t care much about the millionaire coach and billionaire owner getting fined, but losing a draft pick for repeatedly failing to follow the proper health and safety protocol during a pandemic is rather inexcusable.

Let’s hope the Raiders learn from it, even if it’s already too late.