The New Orleans Saints face significant discipline following their victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, league sources, for failing to wear masks during their post-game celebrations last Sunday night – according to videos posted on social media including the team’s own Twitter account, ESPN said.
The video of Saints players and head coach Sean Payton dancing and celebrating their 38-3 win over Tampa Bay was trending last Sunday night. Several players clearly wore no masks in the locker room during the ceremony, in violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols – and the league noted this, according to sources.
The Saints face hefty fines and loss of a draft pick, similar to how the NFL cracked down on the Raiders earlier this month when they fined $ 500,000 in Las Vegas, fined head coach Jon Gruden $ 150,000 Dollars have been occupied and the franchise has been exempted from a sixth-round selection for violations of the COVID-19 protocol.
According to a source, the discipline is expected to pass this week, despite the NFL and the Saints legal team debating the issue for the past few days.
One issue the league is focusing on, according to sources, is that Payton and the Saints like Gruden and the Raiders are repeat offenders. Payton was fined $ 100,000 and the Saints $ 250,000 for not wearing a mask in Las Vegas during their second week defeat in New Orleans. NFL discipline is almost always stricter for repeat offenders.
Talks between the Saints and the NFL continue, according to sources, but the dressing room celebration video was visible for all to see. Payton, linebacker Demario Davis and quarterback Jameis Winston, who made his season debut defeating his former team, were among those who watched the dancing and partying the video posted on Instagram from recipient Tre’Quan Smith.
The Saints, who have won five games in a row, gave Tom Brady the worst loss of his career while also achieving one of the most compelling victories of the Payton-Drew Brees era. The win was so thorough that Winston made his debut as a replacement for Brees, completing his only pass for 12 yards while running out of time in the final six minutes.
Winston flashed his Eating a W trademark several times after the game, both of them during Brees’ post-game interview and during the locker room party.