Amari Cooper attended a Dallas Mavs game and it cost a lot more than he thought it would when the NFL came down on him.
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver has been fined $14,650 by the NFL for violating the COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players by attending a Dallas Mavericks game last week and not wearing a mask.
Cooper previously missed two games this season after testing positive for COVID-19, sitting out losses to the Chiefs and Raiders.
“But this is a classic case of how it can impact a team,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said about Cooper at the time, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “You cannot win anything individually. This popped us. This did pop us.”
Prior to attending the Mavericks game, Cooper was also on the sidelines at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, cheering on Alabama against Cincinnati. CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs were also each with him at one of those games, but they faced nothing since they are vaccinated.
After the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cooper was asked about being more careful about interactions with the postseason beginning.
“You don’t want to get sick. This is the tournament. We train so hard in the offseason, OTAs, camp, to get to this point. We accomplished that goal thus far,” Cooper said. “We’re going to do everything we can do to not get sick. If that means isolation, then that’s what that means. Hopefully we can isolate enough to not catch it.”