The New Orleans Saints are going through considerable self-control for not carrying masks all through their postgame celebrations past Sunday night time — as noticed in movies they posted to social media, such as the team’s possess Twitter account — just after their victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, league resources told ESPN.
Video clip of Saints gamers and head mentor Sean Payton dancing and celebrating their 38-3 victory about Tampa Bay trended final Sunday evening. Multiple gamers were being obviously not carrying masks in the course of the celebration in the locker home, which is a violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols — and the league found, in accordance to resources.
The Saints are dealing with rigid fines and the loss of a draft pick, equivalent to the motion the NFL took towards the Raiders previously this thirty day period, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round choose for COVID-19 protocol violations.
Self-discipline is expected to be handed down this week, in accordance to a supply, however the NFL and the Saints’ authorized workforce spent former days speaking about the issue.
1 difficulty the league is centered on, according to sources, is that like Gruden and the Raiders, Payton and the Saints are repeat offenders. Payton was fined $100,000 and the Saints $250,000 simply because Payton was not wearing a mask through New Orleans’ 7 days 2 decline in Las Vegas. NFL willpower nearly generally is a lot more serious for repeat offenders.
The NFL despatched out a memo to all teams on Nov. 3 with updated COVID-19 protocols that stressed: “All gamers and team have to don masks or double-layered gaiters in the locker room on gameday — prior to the activity, throughout halftime, and submit-recreation.”
Discussions amongst the Saints and the NFL will go on, in accordance to sources, but the locker home celebration online video was there for absolutely everyone to see. Payton, linebacker Demario Davis and quarterback Jameis Winston, who produced his year debut in the victory more than his former team, were being between people found dancing and celebrating in the online video posted to Instagram by receiver Tre’Quan Smith.
Davis and C.J. Gardner-Johnson also posted films of the postgame dancing and celebrating on social media. The Saints no longer have any videos of the locker home celebration on their formal Twitter account.
The Saints, who have won 5 video games in a row, handed Tom Brady the worst decline of his vocation when offering one particular of the most convincing wins in the Payton-Drew Brees period. The victory was so comprehensive that Winston built his Saints debut as Brees’ backup, completing his only pass for 12 yards while functioning out the clock in excess of the closing six minutes.
Winston flashed his trademark “Having a W” signal a number of occasions after the activity, both for the duration of Brees’ postgame job interview and during the locker area celebration.
ESPN’s Mike Triplett contributed to this report.