NBA released a statement Monday addressing LA Lakers’ LeBron James’ breach of the league’s health and safety protocols.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin first reported the Los Angeles Lakers’ star visited a promotional event for a tequila brand before the team’s play-in game against the Golden State Warriors on May 19. Drake and Michael B. Jordan were among those at the event.
NBA chief communications officer Mike Bass followed up Monday to say the four-time MVP “briefly attended an outdoor event last week where participants were required to be vaccinated or return a negative test result.“
NBA Statement: pic.twitter.com/WBdU6vdR4Q
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 24, 2021
Upon looking into the matter, the NBA decided that Lebron James didn’t need to quarantine away from his team because “it was determined that his attendance did not create risks related to the spread of COVID-19.“
Speaking with reporters last week, Lebron James declined to specify whether he had received the COVID-19 vaccine and said, “It’s not a big deal.“
The NBA and NBPA have announced the following: pic.twitter.com/Oc3U9xjIUY
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 12, 2021
NBA Covid-19 Updates: What is in the 134-page guide released by the NBA before the new season starts?
The guide is designed to “promote prevention and mitigation strategies to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, the coronavirus,” but that it is possible that some players and staff might contract the virus.
NBA also set up a rules system for what will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19. Under such a situation, there are two possible routes to return: a “time-based” resolution, and a “test-based” resolution.
— Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) March 18, 2021
It will be Suns vs Lakers Game 2 on 26th May.