In their efforts to get the 2020 season off the ground, the NFL and its 32 teams have implemented strict protocols for training camp in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some team incidents have shown that there are indeed consequences for disobeying these protocols. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Seattle Seahawks waived rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught on video attempting to sneak a female visitor into the team’s hotel.
Seattle announced Siverand’s release on August 11, but did not initially give a reason for this roster move. The team simply noted this was a move to help get the offseason roster down to 76 players. However, video footage per Pelissero showed the Seahawks rookie trying to bring a woman into the team’s training facilities. The female guest was wearing Seahawks gear in an effort to be disguised as a player.
Leading up to the 2020 season, teams have urged players to avoid most contact outside of training camp in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Team hotels have been reserved specifically for team personnel up into to the start of the season and do not permit any unauthorized guests.
Siverand was one of three undrafted cornerbacks signed by Seattle in the offseason. The Oklahoma State product would’ve had low odds of making the Seahawks’ final roster, as he mostly played special teams during his senior college season with the Cowboys before entering the NFL.