Kristaps Porzingis fined $50,000 for attending club

Rules for thee and not for me.

Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis’ wallet is $50k lighter after he was handed a fine by the NBA when he attended a club on May 23, which is a violation of league rules.

From the NBA:

NEW YORK, May 25, 2021 –  The National Basketball Association has fined Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis $50,000 for violating the rule prohibiting players from going into any bar, club, lounge, or similar establishment, regardless of the player’s vaccination status, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations.

Porzingis violated the rule when he attended a club on May 23. In consultation with medical experts, and based on all facts and circumstances, it was determined that his attendance did not create risks related to the spread of COVID-19 and therefore no quarantine is necessary.

This draws more into question how the Association handled the Lebron James situation. Prior to the Lakers play-in game against the Warriors, James attended an event for a tequila brand. Although the league indicated that Lebron violated the NBA’s health and safety protocols, he suffered no deleterious effects in terms of a fine or missing any games.

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