6:17 PM ET
HENDERSON, Nev. — Coach Jon Gruden said Las Vegas Raiders players “let their dauber down a little bit” when they broke COVID-19 protocol by appearing maskless at an indoor charity event Monday night. Quarterback Derek Carr, who attended the event, said the players “had a few moments where we slipped up, took the masks off so people could see our face.”
However, both pivoted to the reason the players were at the event in the first place: It was a fundraiser for teammate Darren Waller‘s foundation to help at-risk youth overcome addiction. Waller himself is now three years sober.
“I hate that a few moments without our masks on led to a story about our team and all this kind of stuff, especially after the fines that were brought on a couple of weeks ago,” Carr said Wednesday. “So, we felt terrible about that. We addressed it, we talked with Coach and we talked with our trainers about what really went down and all that kind of stuff.”
News of the Raiders appearing at the event without masks surfaced one day before the Tennessee Titans reported positive COVID-19 tests from four players and