NBA officials are investigating Los Angeles Clippers goalie Lou Williams after a photo surfaced showing him at an Atlanta strip club on Thursday, in what is said to be a violation of the rules of the league over the coronavirus ‘bubble’.
Williams has been granted an excused absence from Walt Disney World Resort – where scrum games recently began and players are being held captive – in order to attend a funeral. But the NBA would now look into Williams’ nighttime activity to see if he engaged in other high-risk behaviors, ESPN reported.
The NBA has its players and other team members in high-end quarantine to protect them from the virus as it prepares for the resumption of regular season games on July 30 – four months after the abrupt shutdown of season in March due to coronavirus safety concerns.
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Twenty-two of the league’s 30 teams have entered the “bubble,” which the NBA first announced July 13 to be a COVID-free zone.
Williams could potentially miss the Clippers’ opener against the Los Angeles Lakers if the NBA finds the player engaged in other illegal activity during his absence from the bubble.
The NBA may choose to add extra time to William’s quarantine, preventing him from playing in the next game.
Rapper Jack Harlow reportedly posted a photo on social media, showing himself and Williams at the Magic City Gentlemen’s Club in Atlanta on Thursday night. The photo has since been deleted.
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Harlow initially claimed the post was for an old photo, but Williams confirmed the photo was taken on Thursday, ESPN reported. He told NBA security that no performers were inside the club at the time of his visit, according to the report.
ESPN reporter Bobby Marks said Williams could lose $ 150,000 from his salary if it was discovered he had broken his quarantine.
“A 10-day quarantine would see Lou Williams miss 2 ranking games and lose up to $ 150,000 in salary. A four-day quarantine would allow Williams to return to the field before the July 30 first game, ”Marks wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
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Williams is said to be a regular at the Magic City club. He even named a menu item after the NBA player, Yahoo Sports reported.
Williams told NBA officials he visited the strip club after the funeral ended at 6 p.m. Thursday.