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FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper has been fined $ 14,650 by the NFL for violating the COVID-19 protocol for unvaccinated players by attending a Dallas Mavericks game last week and not wearing a mask, a source for ESPN Thursday.
Before joining the Mavericks, Cooper was on the sidelines of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, cheering on Alabama against Cincinnati. Cooper was with teammates CeeDee Lamb (Mavericks) and Trevon Diggs (Cotton Bowl), but since they have been vaccinated, they do not have the same restrictions and were not fined.
An unvaccinated player can attend a sporting event, but must sit in a luxury suite with a mask and not be surrounded by more than 10 people. Cooper sat on the field at the Mavericks game.
After the regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cooper was asked to be more careful with interactions where the off-season began.
“You do not want to get sick. This is the tournament. We are training so hard in the offseason, OTAs, camp, to reach this point. We have reached that goal so far,” Cooper said. “We will do everything we can to not get sick. If it means isolation, then that’s what it means. Hopefully we can isolate enough not to catch it.”
Cooper missed two games earlier this season after testing positive for COVID-19, and the Cowboys lost competitions to the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. When he had COVID-19, Cooper would not fail in the daily test protocol through Super Bowl LVI on February 13th.
The NFL and NFL Players Association adopted new testing policies in December, where players are not tested unless they show symptoms or are chosen at random, similar to how the league runs its drug policy.