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Cowboys WR Amari Cooper fined for attending Mavericks game

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper has been fined for attending a basketball game.

According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, the NFL fined the veteran receiver $14,650 after he attended the Dallas Mavericks game against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 5. Cooper is fined for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols as an unvaccinated player. He was seen sitting unmasked with teammate CeeDee Lamb.

“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 not wearing a mask, according to a source had,” says Archer.

Cooper previously missed two games in November due to COVID-19. He is exempt from daily testing for 90 days but still has to follow much stricter protocols compared to vaccinated players.

Here’s what NFL rules say about NBC Sports’ Charean Williams for unvaccinated players:

“A player who is not fully vaccinated is prohibited from attending a professional sporting event unless seated in a separate seating area, such as a section.”

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Cooper actually addressed the incident during his January 7 appearance on local radio station 105.3 The Fan.

“I just think there are risks across the board,” Cooper said of Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Even if I stay at home, I don’t live alone. I have people who stay with me who have to go to work and stuff like that. There is a book, The Tipping Point, that talks about how things like disease spread in the environment. You can stay at home, but if you’re staying with someone else, obviously they’re going to their jobs or taking the kids to school or whatever, just because they’re doing that, they’re coming into contact with probably over a million people because that person who they come into contact with, comes into contact with a whole range of different people, and so on and so on.”

“Whenever I go anywhere, I’ve been pictured without a mask, but that’s because I’ve been eating and drinking,” Cooper continued. “I don’t know how to do that with a mask. So I think there are risks across the board. I don’t feel like anyone’s staying home, you know what I mean? Should I just sit in the house all day?”

Despite missing two games, Cooper still leads all Cowboys receivers with eight touchdowns in the season.

The 2021 Cowboys rebounded strongly.

After a disappointing non-playoff season in Mike McCarthy’s first year as head coach, Dallas won 12 games and won the NFC East. Dak Prescott returned from a serious right ankle injury in 2020 and threw a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes that season.

As the Cowboys head into a major playoff battle against the San Francisco 49ers, Prescott knows the team won’t be judged on regular-season success.

About Inside The Star’s Matthew Lenix:

“The stats and all that, the way we finished was great. It’s what we wanted to do, build momentum, get into a rhythm — but none of that matters anymore,” Prescott said. “You come into this tournament and it’s one game after the other. It is a must. So that is the focus.”

“You have to turn the page,” Prescott continued. “You can’t hang your hat on the regular season or 12 wins or winning the division because none of that counts.”

“The stats and all that, the way we finished was great. It’s what we wanted to do, build momentum, get into a rhythm — but none of that matters anymore,” Prescott said. “You come into this tournament and it’s one game after the other. It is a must. So that is the focus.”



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