September 27, 2020 at 10:43 am EDT

Raiders are being investigated for unauthorized access to the locker room

By Cindy Boren and Mark Maske

The NFL is investigating whether the Las Vegas Raiders violated coronavirus protocol after they reportedly allowed an unauthorized person to enter the locker room following their win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed that the Raiders are the team involved, as ESPN first reported. It was about the question of whether a team employee entered the locker room without authorization, reported Adam Schefter. Only 40 employees are allowed to enter the changing room.

The league had previously informed teams that a team the NFL did not identify was being investigated for unauthorized access to the locker room.

The Raiders have already violated coronavirus protocols and have been fined $ 250,000 for violating the NFL face covering policy. Coach Jon Gruden was fined an additional $ 100,000 for failing to wear a mask on the sidelines when defeating the Saints Monday night, in violation of protocol. He was one of five coaches fined for failing to comply with mask guidelines during week two games. Gruden apologized and said that he didn’t flaunt the rules while revealing that he had the virus over the summer.

Gruden said during a post-game video conference with reporters that he “had the virus” adding that he was doing “my best” with the minutes.

“I’m very sensitive, but I call plays,” said Gruden. “I only want to communicate in these situations. I apologize and if I get a fine I have to pay the fine. “

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