The NFL isn’t known for safety, we all know that. They don’t care about the well-being of their players. Money over everything. These simple facts are even more concerning this season as the world deals with a pandemic. Football itself is a great way to spread a virus because of the close contact between the players. The NBA and NHL went to incredible lengths to ensure the safety of their players and to guarantee the completion of their seasons. The NHL conducted 33,174 tests and did not receive a single positive result. Naturally, the NFL decided that they didn’t need a bubble. The MLB also didn’t think it was necessary to have a bubble, which resulted in 21 of the 30 teams having positive COVID tests.
The NFL implemented new rules to give the illusion of giving a damn, one of the simplest of all was that “All individuals with Bench Area Access, except for Players, shall be required to wear masks at all times. Coaches must wear either a mask, neck gaiter, and/or face shield to satisfy this obligation.” Seems easy enough, right? Coaches are already talking to players and other coaches with a laminated sheet in front of their face to avoid someone reading their lips so this is perfect! Except that Pete Carroll of Seattle, Kyle Shanahan of San Francisco, and Vic Fangio of Denver were all fined $100K because they couldn’t be bothered to wear their masks properly. Good job guys. Oh, I almost forgot! Each team with an offender was also fined $250K. To show that they mean business, the NFL has since warned teams that not wearing masks will result in suspensions and a possible loss of draft picks.
Maybe the extra warnings are doing some good because Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN that “guys have to be more stringent in fighting the virus.” His players showed their commitment to fighting the virus by going to a charity event without masks on. Derek Carr, Hunter Renfrow, Nathan Peterman, Nevin Lawson, Zay Jones, and Jason Witten were all reportedly in attendance at the event that violated local laws. The city of Henderson fined the DragonRidge Country Club, which hosted the event, $2,000 for four violations, including the lack of masks and for hosting an event with more than 50 people in attendance. Derek Carr, who was reportedly taking pictures with maskless fans gave this statement regarding the event: “We signed waivers. Hand sanitizer, like crazy. … We weren’t perfect, but we weren’t trying to be careless or reckless. But at the same time, (Waller) had an event for something that meant a lot to him.” Well, as long as the event meant something I guess it’s cool to endanger your teammates and the entire NFL season.
Now the NFL has a real problem. Eleven members of the Tennessee Titans have tested positive for COVID-19 and their game against the Steelers has been postponed. Will this be the first of many or will the league learn… I couldn’t even get through the sentence. Can you imagine the NFL learning anything? This NFL season will continue to have complications because, like much of America, they’re not taking this pandemic seriously. The MLB made it through the regular season despite setbacks, just as I’m sure the NFL will but let’s all agree that their “precautions” are a joke. Good luck, everyone.
Update on this: Cam Newton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be out this Sunday.
Update #2: Things are spiraling. Players on both the Chiefs and Patriots have tested positive so their game will be postponed.
Update #3 (Oct 1st): Titans are now up to 18 positive tests.