Sources: Saints face discipline after viral videos

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The New Orleans Saints are facing significant discipline for not wearing masks during their postgame celebrations last Sunday night — as seen in videos they posted to social media, including the team’s own Twitter account — after their victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, league sources tell ESPN.

Video of Saints players and head coach Sean Payton dancing and celebrating their 38-3 vctory over Tampa Bay went viral last Sunday nght. Multiple players were clearly not wearing masks during the celebration in the locker room, which is a violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols — and the league noticed, according to sources.

The Saints are facing stiff fines and the loss of a draft pick, similar to the action the NFL took against the Raiders earlier this month, when Las Vegas was fined $500,000, head coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 and the franchise was stripped of a sixth-round pick for COVID-19 protocol violations.

Discipline is expected to be handed down to the Saints this upcoming week, according to a source, though the NFL and the Saints’ legal team spent previous days discussing the issue.

One issue the league is focused on, according

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