There is an expectation that NFL teams will run a tighter ship in an attempt to mitigate the threat of a COVID-19 outbreak within a team’s campus.
As a result, the penalties for breaking protocol figure to be harsher than before.
Kemah Siverand appears to have found that out the hard way:
The woman was wearing #Seahawks gear in an attempt to disguise her as a player, I’m told. It did not work.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 13, 2020
WELP. I certainly didn’t have this on my 2020 NFL bingo card.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero tweets the Seattle Seahawks cut Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak an unauthorized visitor into the team hotel. Pelissero adds the woman was disguised as a player wearing team garb while trying to sneak in. Clearly, it did not work. Moreover, the lapse in judgment on Siverand’s part cost him his job. Double-whammy.
Siverand, 23, signed as an undrafted free agent after splitting his time in college at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. With a strong showing at training camp, Siverand could have made the team as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor. Instead, he finds himself without an NFL gig because he broke league protocol. So let this situation serve as a reminder to all NFL players and other professional athletes trying to play in a pandemic that actions have consequences. Here’s hoping this is the last time a story like this comes up.