NBA’s “Snitch Hotline” Gaining Major Popularity at the Orlando Bubble
The “snitch hotline” has become the most popular talking point of the bubble.
The anonymous hotline allows both players and staff to essentially snitch to the league if they see any member inside the bubble breaking safety guidelines. The league outlined all health and safety protocols in a 113-paged memo that has since been provided to all 22-teams occupying the bubble.
We’re just over a week in and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the anonymous hotline is already getting plenty of tips.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2020
The calls may be warranted as well, as the league has already had two cases of players breaking protocol and subsequently entering quarantine in the bubble. Sacramento Kings center Richuan Holmes exited the bubble to pick up a food delivery, while Bruno Caboclo of the Houston Rockets allegedly “accidentally” left the bubble for a reason that has not been made public knowledge.
As far as the “snitch hotline” itself, it appears that a number of players are irked by the initiative and have urged players to keep everything in-house. On the flip side, with very little room for error, the hotline may turn out to be the determining factor between finishing out the season and seeing the pandemic spread throughout the bubble.
“To all my fellow NBA players, don’t call the snitch hotline. Don’t cross the line to get Postmates,” Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie said in an interview.
Bubble life will not be easy, but it will be up to the players to make sure they safe and finish out the season.