NFL head coaches who were fined for not wearing face masks on the sidelines last week are appealing their punishment, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Five head coaches – Saints’ Sean Payton, Raiders’ Jon Gruden, Niners’ Kyle Shanahan, Seahawks’ Pete Carrol and Broncos’ Vic Fangio – were fined $100,000 each for violating the league’s rule requiring coaches wear face coverings on the sideline.
Their respective teams were also fined $250,000 each, bringing the total amount of fines to $1.7 million.
Following Week 1, the NFL sent out a memo warning teams to wear face coverings and remain vigilant in following protocols and that failure to do so would result in accountability measure to be imposed.
Both Gruden and Payton have already had COVID-19 and contracting the virus again is rare, although it may be more about optics for the league.
The Raiders head coach in particular said this week that he is doing his best to wear a mask, but noted that it can be challenging to call plays and communicate with his team on the field.
The hearings on the appeal will be heard later this week.