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Aaron Rodgers fined: NFL punishes Packers QB and Allen Lazard for violating COVID-19 protocols

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Aaron Rodgers fined: NFL punishes Packers QB and Allen Lazard for violating COVID-19 protocols

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The NFL has concluded its investigation into whether Aaron Rodgers and the Packers violated league COVID-19 protocols following news that the Green Bay quarterback tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.

Circumstantial evidence following the news suggested the team would face penalties, as Rodgers – who is not vaccinated – was seen boarding the team’s charter and speaking to reporters at the interior without mask. The question then became how severe the penalties would be and whether that would result in a suspension.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL investigation and the penalties Rodgers and the Packers faced:

What fine were the Packers sentenced?

After the conclusion of the NFL review on Tuesday, the Packers’ organization was reportedly fined $ 300,000 for violating league protocols (via ESPN ESPN’s Rob Demovsky). Other teams that have been fined for violating COVID-19 protocols include the Saints, Raiders ($ 500,000 each), Patriots and Titans ($ 350,000 each).

Packers president Mark Murphy commented on the league’s findings and the fine.

“We respect the League’s findings and we recognize the importance of adhering to COVID protocols to ensure the safety and health of our team and our organization,” said Murphy said in an official statement. “We will continue to educate the team on the importance of protocols and remain committed to operating within protocols.”

Additionally, the league warned the Packers that future violations of COVID protocols could lead to an “escalation of discipline,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which could include a change in draft position or loss of draft pick.

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What is Aaron Rodgers’ fine?

Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard were both fined $ 14,650 for breaking the rules. To put that number into perspective, Rodgers is earning a base salary of $ 14.7 million this year alone. Therefore, this fine is only equivalent to 0.00099% of his base salary. Lazard’s base salary is $ 850,000, but the fine is still only 0.017% of his base salary.

Here are the violations the NFL found that Rodgers, Lazard and the Packers violated. First, because Rodgers is not vaccinated, he broke COVID protocol by not wearing a mask at press conferences. The team also didn’t report a Halloween party that Rodgers and Lazard attended. Even though the party did not take place at team premises and was not considered a team function, it still violated protocol that unvaccinated players cannot reunite. in groups of more than three.

The league also reviewed a video during its investigation that showed inside the club’s facility and found a few cases of Rodgers and Lazard not wearing masks in the facility. Other than these few cases, the investigation concluded that there had been no “widespread or systematic violation of the wearing of a mask”, via ESPN.

Rodgers and Lazard are not both vaccinated, but a fine is expected to come out of their positive tests. Since they are not vaccinated, they miss gambling controls during the weeks they cannot play. In addition, they can be fined for a week’s salary of up to $ 50,000. If players don’t follow COVID protocols again, they could be fined more in the future. The league currently has no rule stating that players will be suspended for breaking protocol.

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With the circumstances surrounding Rodgers and whether or not he lied about being vaccinated (he said in August that he was “immune”), it was thought he would be fined over $ 14,650. $, in particular because he receives a significant salary.

Rodgers could return to the field in Week 10 in the Packers’ game against the Seahawks. His 10-day quarantine will end on Saturday, November 13. If he passes the COVID exam, then he will be able to play on Sunday.

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