FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper was fined $14,650 by the NFL for violating COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players by attending a Dallas Mavericks game last week and without wearing a mask, a source told ESPN.
Before attending the Mavericks game, Cooper also stood on the sidelines at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, cheering him on Alabama in return for Cincinnati. Cooper was with teammates CeeDee Lamb (Mavericks) and Trevon Diggs (Cotton Bowl), but because they’ve been vaccinated, they don’t have the same restrictions and they weren’t fined.
An unvaccinated player may attend a sporting event, but must be in a deluxe suite wearing a mask and not be surrounded by more than 10 people. Cooper sat next to the track at the Mavericks game.
After the regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cooper was asked to be more careful about early postseason interactions.
“You don’t want to get sick. This is the tournament. We train so hard in the off season, OTAs, camp, to get to this point. We’ve reached that goal so far,” said Cooper. “We’re going to do everything we can to not get sick. If that means isolation, then that’s what that means. Hopefully we can isolate enough not to get it.”
Cooper missed two games earlier this season after testing positive for COVID-19, and the Cowboys lost games to the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders. Since he had COVID-19, Cooper would not fall into daily testing protocol through Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13.
The NFL and NFL Players Association passed a new testing policy in December in which players are not tested unless they show symptoms or are chosen at random, similar to how the league conducts its drug policy.