NBA Will Not Punish LeBron James ahead of First Round Series vs. Suns
The Los Angeles Lakers appeared to have escaped quite the scare just hours before Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
A few days ago, LeBron James was seen attending a promotional event fro a tequila brand, therefore violating the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
In what was a star-studded event which appeared to have taken place outdoors, James was seen in photos alongside rapper Drake and actor Michael B. Jordan. All invitees at the end had to produce either proof of vaccination or a negative test result in order to attend.
LeBron James violated the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols when he attended a photoshoot with Drake and Michael B. Jordan before playing the Warriors on Wednesday, per @mcten
There’s no sign that his availability for Game 1 against the Suns is in question pic.twitter.com/7OiR3rBwur
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“It’s a violation of the agreed upon protocols, and, as we have in other comparable instances around the league, it has been addressed with the team,” a league spokesman told ESPN on Friday.
Ahead of the start of the NBA playoffs, it appears that James will not receive any form of punishment for violating protocol.
“Anything I do off the floor is predicated to my family, for the majority — for 99.9% of that,” James said. “So, it’s about the health and safety of my family, and that’s what it came down to. Me being available to my teammates on the floor is me taking care of my body. Me doing everything I can do to make sure I’m available both mentally, physically and spiritually, as well. But anything of that nature, that’s all family talk.”
The Lakers are slated to kick off their first round series against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.