Any NFL player who does not plan to spend the next half-year or so in strict social isolation ought to disable the selfie function on his smartphone right away.
And never pose for a photo in private, let alone in public.
That’s because one of a slew of special new rules for NFL players to abide by for the remainder of the year/season — now in effect because of the coronavirus pandemic — would slap a steep financial penalty against any player who recklessly exposes himself, and by extension his team and in turn other teams, to COVID-19.
NFL teams are not and will not be sequestered in mandatory “bubbles,” as NHL and NBA teams have been.
By league and players-union agreement, finalized this week and revealed by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, an NFL club may slap any player with a maximum fine of one week’s salary and/or suspension without pay (not to exceed four weeks) for conduct detrimental to the club — specifically, for engaging in such high-risk social activity relative to COVID-19, as follows: