Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the business against the Washington Wizards on February 1, 2020 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Simulacra)
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Brooklyn Nets stars Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 for defiling Covid-19 protocols, the National Basketball Association announced Friday.
NBA president of league operations, Byron Spruell, comprehended the decision, after Irving was spotted at a “private indoor party” last weekend without a mask. His presence assaulted NBA rules that prohibit players from “attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or co-signing bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments.”
Irving, who the Nets will pay $33 million this season, make forfeit salary for games he missed during his quarantine period. Though Irving sat out the Nets’ last five devices, he’s only being docked for two games and must forgo over $400,000 per game.
The NBA said Irving is allowed to put in an appearance again on Saturday if he clears league protocols.
Covid-19 outbreaks have hit the NBA hard this week, forcing the league to put off numerous games since Monday, including Saturday’s Indiana Pacers contest against the Chicago Bulls. The associated with also released its latest pandemic testing report, noting that 16 new players tested positive.
To aid combat the outbreaks, the NBA tightened Covid-19 protocols to mandating more masks in team areas and issued a two-week stay-at-home practice. Players and team staff must remain in their residence while in home markets outside of team activities at usage sites or arenas.
In addition to Irving’s possible return, the Nets also will welcome James Harden to the confederate. The team traded for Harden in four-team traction on Wednesday.