Raiders’ star tight end Daren Waller held a charity event on Monday night in Henderson, Nevada, to help people struggling with addiction. Waller, who overcame substance abuse issues to become an elite player, was supported by several teammates at the event.
However, after-photos and videos surfaced of most of the players not wearing masks at the event. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported the players could be in trouble with the NFL, Raiders owner Mark Davis also told the newspaper he is talking the situation seriously.
Among the Las Vegas players filmed without masks are: quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Hunter Renfrow, tight ends Foster Moreau, and receiver Zay Jones.
Keep in mind, the NFL and NFLPA negotiated and agreed on - mutually - strict restrictions that included fines and suspensions for this very thing. I know some fans ask: "Who cares?" The answer is everyone involved in making sure everyone stays healthy and the season gets played. https://t.co/fdPtqM494K— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) September 29, 2020
The newspaper reported that the club that hosted the event has already been fined by the the city.
New: City of Henderson is hitting DragonRidge Country Club with a $2,000 fine for this event.— Michael Scott Davidson (@DavidsonLVRJ) September 29, 2020
$500 for each of four violations against Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's COVID-19 emergency directives. https://t.co/3Pf9ZD83yn
Here are some tweets from the event Monday:
#Raiders Zay Jones, Nevin Lawson, Foster Moreau, Jason Witten, Derek Carr, Hunter Renfrow, Derek Carrier and Nathan Peterman all came out to support Darren Waller at his "Beyond The Wall" fundraising event. The Darren Waller Foundation aims to combat addiction in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/38G7HmhnnQ— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 29, 2020
I talked to an agent for one of the Raiders’ players at the event who said he was unaware of the situation and he has not heard from the NFL about it. The agent did note that he wouldn’t be surprised if he does get a call, though.
The NFL is taking its coronavirus guidelines seriously and clearly there will be people — that includes Davis — who will be frustrated by what happened in Henderson on Monday night, especially after the outbreak of the virus in Tennessee this week.
Three #Titans players tested positive for COVID-19 in Monday morning's tests, according to the NFL. Placement on the list doesn't necessarily mean a player tested positive, but you can do the math here.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 29, 2020
This isn’t the Raiders’ first issue with not wearing masks. Coach Jon Gruden was fined $100,000 for not wearing his mask properly in Week 2 in a win over New Orleans. He is appealing the fine. The team was fined $250,000 for the incident.