According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints $500,000 and stripped the franchise of a seventh round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft after the team posted several videos of mask-less players celebrating in the locker room following their 38-3 victory over the Bucs in Week 9.

The breach of protocol has made the Saints repeat offenders, after head coach Sean Payton was fined $100,000 and the team $250,000 when Payton failed to wear a mask in Week 2 against Las Vegas.

The loss of their seventh round pick leaves New Orleans with just four current selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, including first, second, fourth and sixth round picks. The Saints are currently in the driver’s seat for their fourth consecutive division title, with a 1.5-game lead on the Bucs heading into Week 12.

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8 months ago

Screw the NFL.

Hockey Duckie
Reply to  Dman
8 months ago

Agreed here. Players are playing other players not on their team without masks. Then after winning convincingly, they celebrate in the locker room with their own teammates. That’s now a problem? WTF? Let those players enjoy putting in the work before and during the game to execute a dominate win. The celebration is with their own players. Are we back to the the No Fun League again? Sure, I hate the beat down, but the Saints earned that win and I can’t hate them on celebrating not only defeating a division rival, but a possible playoff nemesis. They got our… Read more »

8 months ago

Good. They deserve it. I mean they’re already gonna be royally screwed next year with the new cap limit. They’re the team who is probably the most in trouble in the league if not top 3.

8 months ago

In Nelson’s voice: Ha…Ha!!

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. And all over something that doesn’t even work. That’s the funniest part. I hope the Saints go on a losing skid regardless of what we do. Would be great for that team to suffer further.

8 months ago

I don’t know who is more embarrassed, Sean Payton with his dance moves alongside Winston or the Bucs getting trounced that night.

Strange the NFL would announce the punishment being levied today and not mid week.

A painful reminder or a motivational tool for Tompa Brady, TB12(registered trademarks).

Reply to  BigSombrero
8 months ago

They were dancing on our graves in the cemetery known as Raymond James.

British buc
8 months ago

They deserve to lose at least 2 just for the dancing! Hate to be that guy but I do find it amusing that this was jameis biggest contribution of the season, wonder if that w he ate tastes so sweet now

8 months ago

Hell, I’d celebrate too. They Whipped our A**s something terrible. Outright manhandled us. A 7th rder is like a fly swatter. I mean wasn’t the over the hill GOAT suppose to make us world beaters?

8 months ago

The mask thing is so weak.As Aaron Rogers said “it is about optics”.

Reply to  toucan
8 months ago

Yep. All one has to do is look at many places that have been very strict on masks, yet, still suffered big spikes. It’s all about placating people who are uninformed. Optics all the way.