A stringent new policy enacted by the NFL would see its players fined, docked game checks, or even denied contract guarantees for disregarding myriad COVID-19 guidelines, such as attending certain indoor church services.
According to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, the rule is one of several restrictions agreed to between the league and the players union as they brace for the upcoming season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports:
Per multiple sources, the deal specifically prohibits players from engaging in certain behaviors this season. Players cannot attend indoor night clubs, indoor bars (except to pickup food), indoor house parties (with 15 or more people), indoor concerts, professional sporting events, or indoor church services that allow attendance above 25 percent of capacity.
Players can be fined for violating these rules. Moreover, if they test positive after engaging in prohibited activities, they will not be paid for the games they miss. Also, future guarantees in their contracts would be voided.
“It will be interesting to see how teams enforce the rules,” Florio goes on. “Some may use security officials to monitor local establishments or to track the behavior of players. Others may rely on contacts within the community to contact the team if/when violations are witnessed. Some may set up an NBA-style tip line.”
Florio also quoted an anonymous source who suggested over the weekend that “every player should delete social media.”
According to The Blaze, the NFL may be hoping to avoid the disruption experienced by Major League Baseball as a slew of Miami Marlins players and staff tested positive for the virus. Now, two of MLB teams have been temporarily isolated, leaving the league scrambling to adjust its schedule.
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