Unvaccinated NFL players will be subject to a $ 14,650 fine each time they violate COVID-19 protocols, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
The news comes after Bruce Arians told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that the Buccaneers would fine any unvaccinated player who breaks COVID-19 procedures $ 14,000.
The NFL does not require players to be vaccinated, but it makes life much more difficult for the unvaccinated. In addition to the fine, the NFL said in a memo Earlier this week, teams experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players will be forced to forfeit their postponed games if they cannot be rescheduled within the 18-week schedule.
Several league players have criticized his handling of players choosing not to get vaccinated, including DeAndre Hopkins, Leonard Fournette, Matt Judon and Jalen Ramsey.
With the implementation of more consequences, it is unclear if more players will decide to get vaccinated. According to The Associated Press (h / t Boston.com), the number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, and nine teams have 90% or more of their players in that category.