This resulted in a total of $ 1.05 million in fines when the NFL attempted to deliver a strong message to coaches and teams about adhering to league health and safety measures during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The fines came a week after the league issued a memo warning coaches and teams to meet mask wear requirements or to take disciplinary action.
Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations for the NFL, wrote in last week’s memo to the teams: “We must remain vigilant and disciplined when we follow processes and protocols not only used by the league, union and clubs but also were introduced by the state and local governments. “
Vincent also wrote in the memo: “Failure to comply with this requirement will result in accountability being taken against abusive individuals and / or associations. The face covering must be worn as intended so that it fits securely over the wearer’s nose and mouth to prevent transmission of the virus. “
Coaches and other team members must wear masks on the sidelines during games.
Wearing a mask is recommended but is not required for players on the sidelines during games at most NFL stadiums. It is required for players during games at the home stadiums of the 49ers and Buffalo Bills as per local health guidelines.
“I do my best,” said Gruden. “You know I had the virus, okay? I give my best. I’m very sensitive, but I call plays. I just want to communicate in these situations. I apologize and if I get a fine I have to pay the fine. But I am very sensitive and I apologize. “