Sources: Saints are disciplined after viral movies
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 they posted on social media, including the team's own Twitter account, say ESPN.
The video of Saints players and head coach Sean Payton dancing over Tampa Bay to celebrate their 38-3 win went viral last Sunday. 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 be passed on to the Saints in the coming week, despite the NFL and 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 during his second week in New Orleans in Las Vegas. 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 seen dancing and partying in the video posted on Instagram by receiver Tre & # 39; Quan Smith.
Davis and CJ Gardner-Johnson also posted videos on social media about the dancing and partying after the game. The Saints no longer have videos of the locker celebration on their official Twitter account.
The Saints, who have won five games in a row, gave Tom Brady the worst loss of his career while also earning one of the most compelling wins 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 multiple times after the game, both during the post-game interview by Brees and during the locker room party.