A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been fined $100,000 for violating the leagueâ€™s rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league wasnâ€™t announcing specific fines, said Denverâ€™s Vic Fangio, San Franciscoâ€™s Kyle Shanahan and Seattleâ€™s Pete Carroll were each docked $100,000. Their teams were fined $250,000 each.
More fines could be coming as several other coaches violated the leagueâ€™s rules requiring coaches to wear coverings over their mouths and noses at all times. Players are exempt from these protocols.
Among the violators were Patriots coach Bill Belichick and both coaches in Monday nightâ€™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.
Following the Raidersâ€™ 34-24 win over the Saints on Monday night, Gruden, who last week said he felt the leagueâ€™s memo was directed at him, revealed heâ€™d had COVID-19 and apologized for violating the rules.
â€śIâ€™m doing my best,â€ť Gruden said. â€śIâ€™ve had the virus. Iâ€™m doing my best. Iâ€™m very sensitive about it. Iâ€™m calling the plays. I apologize. If I get fined, I will have to pay the fine.â€ť
If the fines doled out so far, which were earlier reported by ESPN and NFL Network, prove ineffective, the league could hand out stronger discipline.