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Raiders have talked to players about not wearing masks at charity event

Derek Carr addresses situation at Daren Waller fundraiser

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On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Raiders did their best to move on from a controversial situation that occurred at a Darren Waller fundraiser in Henderson, Nevada, two nights earlier.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said team officials have talked to the players who did not wear masks at the event Monday night. The Raiders have the right to fine or suspend the players, but Gruden did not make any announcements.

It would be a shock if any of the players — which include Waller, quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Hunter Renfrow and tight end Jason Witten — would be suspended by the team. The NFL told the Associated Press it was looking into the situation.

Carr said the players feel bad for the mask issue, but he did say he felt like the team has done a good job following coronavirus guidelines as a whole and hoped Waller’s foundation would get more attention. Waller, who has battled substance abuse in the past, held the event to fight addiction in Las Vegas. Gruden said the event raised more than $300,000.

After Week 2, Gruden was one of five head coaches to be fined $100,000 for not wearing his mask. Gruden, who said he had the virus in the summer, is appealing the fine. The Raiders were fined $250,000 as well.

For everyone’s sake, hopefully this is the team’s last issue with the coronavirus guidelines.