NFL Players Can Now Be Penalized for Talking to Refs Without Mask

Ahead of the weekend of NFL Week 5, teams were informed that anyone who approaches an official without a face covering can now receive a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. 

These individuals can also be subject to fines, suspensions and possible forfeiture of draft picks.



Outkick reports that there is a memo going around NFL media saying that “if an individual not wearing a face covering approaches [game officials] inappropriately, they have the authority to take administrative or officiating action.”

The league has already fined numerous coaches for mask violations, such as Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Broncos coach Vic Fangio. The fines haven’t seemed to help much for the first four weeks of the season, as even just last Monday night, Patriots coach Bill Belichick took off both of his masks to yell at the refs.



It will be interesting to watch if these coaches continue to violate coronavirus rules with these new penalties. 

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