The NBA has fined 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.
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.
Sources tell Tim MacMahon of ESPN that Porzingis briefly attended a Los Angels strip club. Porzingis has been fully vaccinated.
The NBA released an additional statement explaining the difference between Porzingis receiving a fine while James did not for attending a promotional event for an alcohol brand he backs.
"While we understand the inclination to compare [Porzingis'] incident to protocol violations by other players, including LeBron James, those facts are very different," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Tuesday. "LeBron briefly attended an outdoor event related to an individual commercial activity where everyone was either required to be vaccinated or return a negative Covid test. The league reviews each potential protocol violation on a case-by-case basis, and determines quarantines and imposes discipline based on the individual facts and circumstances of each matter."