Panthers release CB Josh Hawkins after he was seen dancing in public without a mask

A Carolina Panthers practice player who saw no mask dancing in a crowded restaurant that weekend lost his job on Monday.
The Panthers announced on Monday that in addition to wide receiver Seth Roberts, they also released training team cornerback Josh Hawkins.
Photos and videos of Hawkins dancing in a Charlotte restaurant caught social media attention due to the lack of a mask.
Matt Rhule: "The team's best interest"
When asked why Hawkins was released, head coach Matt Rhule declined to elaborate.
"I would just say we thought it was in the best interests of the team," Rhule told reporters.
Matt Rhule doesn't seem to take chances with a practice player. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images)
NFL Takes Hard Line On COVID Logs
The Panthers have placed five players on the NFL's COVID / Reserve list this season, including two who were on the list last week. The NFL is cracking down on COVID-19 protocol violations after a series of outbreaks forced the league to rearrange its schedule several times since Week 3.
The NFL threatened teams with losing draft picks or even losing games if COVID-19 violations cause the league to continue changing the schedule.
Hawkins, 27, has been in the NFL since 2016. He played 26 games with the Green Bay Packers in his first two seasons, but has not played a game since 2018.
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