NFL fines Seahawks head coach $100K for not wearing mask during game, $250K fine for team
SEATTLE – Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll has reportedly been fined $100,000 for not wearing a mask on the sidelines, and the team is facing an additional $250,000 fine for the offense.
According to ESPN’s, Adam Schefter, Carroll, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, and Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio will be fined $100,000 each for not properly wearing a face mask.
NFL fined three head coaches – – Denver’s Vic Fangio, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and SF’s Kyle Shanahan – $100,000 each for not wearing masks Sunday, and each of their teams another $250,000, sources told ESPN.
So that’s $1.05 million dollars in fines for not wearing masks.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2020
More fines could be coming as several other coaches violated the league’s rules requiring coaches to wear coverings over their mouths and noses at all times. Players are exempt from these protocols.
Sources also told ESPN each team will be fined an additional $250,000, totaling nearly $1.05 million in fines for all three teams.
The NFL and the Seahawks have not released statements yet.
Among the violators were Patriots coach Bill Belichick and both coaches in Monday night’s game, Jon Gruden of the Raiders and Sean Payton of the Saints.
Gruden wore his face mask like a chin strap and Payton wore his gaiter like a turtleneck.
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.
If the fines, which were earlier reported by ESPN and NFL Network, prove ineffective, the league could hand out stronger discipline.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.