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NFL fines Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard for not following Covid-19 protocols

The Packers were fined $300,000, while Rodgers and Lazard were fined $14,650 each, according to the discipline schedule negotiated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

The NFL ruled that Rodgers and Lazard each attended a Halloween party despite not being vaccinated, a violation of protocols that prohibit unvaccinated players from gathering outside team facilities in a group of more than three players.

The NFL said that while the team did not impose sanctions on the party, it learned about the party afterwards and will be fined for failing to report the violations to the NFL and for not disciplining Rodgers and Lazard.

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Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy told CNN: “We respect the League’s findings and recognize the importance of complying with COVID protocols to keep our team and organization safe and healthy. We will continue to educate the team about the importance of the protocols and remain committed to working within the protocols.”

The league noted that the Packers cooperated fully with the NFL’s investigation, unearthing other occasions when the Packers were not strictly enforcing NFL-NFLPA Covid-19 protocols.

A review of video from the Packers factory showed a few isolated cases of Rodgers and Allen Lazard not wearing masks, but determined that there were no widespread or systematic violations of mask-wearing.

The NFL also noted that the unvaccinated Rodgers should have worn masks during press conferences.

The Packers were informed by the NFL that subsequent violations could result in further disciplinary action, including a possible change of draft position or loss of draft picks. The players were also warned that additional violations could lead to future discipline.

The fines come because Rodgers has already been under scrutiny after comments he made on “The Pat McAfee Show” about his vaccination status and “now in the crosshairs of the awake crowd” about his vaccination status. He said he took “full responsibility” for Tuesday’s comments.