In a statement shared on Twitter, Byron Spruell, president of the NBA league operations, said the league fined the Mavericks center for breaking the “rule prohibiting players from entering a bar, club, salon or similar establishment, regardless of the player’s vaccination status. “
The statement said Porzingis visited a club on Sunday and, although he faces a fine, the NBA said it had determined “in consultation with medical experts and on the basis of all the facts and circumstances” that his exit “Did not create risks related to the spread of COVID-19 and therefore no quarantine is necessary. “
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ESPN reported that Porzingis, who has been fully vaccinated, briefly visited a strip club in Los Angeles, according to sources who spoke to the outlet.
The fine comes after the NBA decided not to fine or suspend Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James after the league said he violated health and safety protocols by participating in a promotional event for a brand of tequila in which he invests.
Responding to questions about the divergent responses between the two players, NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement to ESPN and CBS Sports: “While we understand the tendency to compare [Porzingis’] in the event of a protocol violation by other players, including LeBron James, those facts are very different.
“LeBron briefly attended an outdoor event related to an individual business activity where everyone had to either get vaccinated or send back a negative Covid test,” he added. “The league reviews each potential protocol violation on a case-by-case basis, and determines quarantines and enforces discipline based on the facts and circumstances of each case. “
The Hill has contacted the NBA for additional information.
While the NBA kept many of its guidelines in place during the coronavirus era, it has relaxed some protocols for fully vaccinated people, including fewer mandatory coronavirus testing and quarantine requirements following possible exposure. to the virus.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that NBA head coaches who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to wear masks during games, according to updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).