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ESPN: Saints face stiff penalties for mask-less celebration

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Posted at 10:38 AM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 11:38:13-05

The New Orleans Saints are facing significant discipline for not wearing masks during their postgame celebrations last Sunday night -- as seen in videos they posted to social media, including the team's own Twitter account -- after their victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, league sources told ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that video of Saints players and head coach Sean Payton dancing and celebrating their 38-3 victory over Tampa Bay trended last Sunday night. Multiple players were clearly not wearing masks during the celebration in the locker room, which is a violation of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols -- and the league noticed, according to sources.

Schefter is reporting that the Saints are facing stiff fines and the loss of a draft pick, similar to the action the NFL took against the Raiders earlier this month, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round pick for COVID-19 protocol violations.

To read Schefter's complete story, click here.