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AP Source: Gruden, Payton Fined For Not Wearing Masks

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks with quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks with quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Two more NFL head coaches and their teams have been fined for not wearing masks on the sideline.

LAS VEGAS: Two more NFL head coaches and their teams have been fined for not wearing masks on the sideline.

A person with knowledge of the punishment said Tuesday that Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean Payton of the Saints were each fined $100,000 for not wearing masks on the sideline on Monday night.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league wasnt announcing specific fines, said the teams were also fined $250,000 for the infractions. The league already handed out similar punishments to Denvers Vic Fangio, San Franciscos Kyle Shanahan and Seattles Pete Carroll, the person said.

Gruden apologized after the game for failing to wear his mask and also acknowledged for the first time that he had the coronavirus during the offseason.

I dont want to get into it really, he said Tuesday. It wasnt pleasant. It was reported that I made up that I had the virus and it really ticked me off, because I would never do something like that. But its a very serious matter, and obviously Im sensitive about it. It was a tough deal, thats for sure, just like everybody else thats had it.

Payton also had the coronavirus this offseason.

The punishments come a week after the NFL warned all 32 teams in a memo about following the rules for wearing face coverings during the coronavirus pandemic lest they put the NFL season at risk.

League rules require coaches to wear coverings over their mouths and noses at all times. Players are exempt from these protocols.

NFL Network and ESPN first reported the fines for Gruden and Payton.

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