Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James caused a tiny scandal heading into the play-in tournament but he didn’t sit out any games. The Lakers won the game against the Golden State Warriors. Well, LeBron had to answer a few questions. He couldn’t even celebrate the success.
According to several reports, the four-time NBA champion violated the health and safety protocols. Interestingly, he attended a promotional event for the tequila brand he supports. Drake and Michael B. Jordan attended the event, too. LeBron violated the NBA’s protocols but didn’t quarantine. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the event didn’t reach a “threat level of virus spread.”
LeBron James won’t sit out games
Some fans criticized LeBron for this development. The league decided to clear up confusion about the situation.
“To clarify any remaining misconception, LeBron James briefly attended an outdoor event last week where participants had to be vaccinated or return a negative test result. Under these circumstances and in consultation with medical experts, it was determined that his attendance did not create risks related to the spread of COVID-19 and therefore no quarantine was necessary,” NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said in a statement. “Over the course of this season, there have been numerous similar violations of the league’s Health and Safety Protocols, which were addressed with the player’s team in a similar fashion.
“Under current NBA rules, vaccinated players can engage in outside activities including their individual commercial arrangements, such as sponsor appearances or ad shoots.”
Reporters asked LeBron about violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He sat on the hot chair following Game 1 of the series against the Phoenix Suns. LA lost the game and LeBron didn’t really want to answer silly questions. Sort of.
“I’ll be ready for Game 2,” he said. We bet he will be ready.
LeBron and his teammates have already put the situation behind them. They are playing Game 2 against Phoenix on Tuesday. That’s the only thing that matters right now. LeBron will play some real basketball vs Suns.