Lakers’ LeBron James violated health and safety protocols by attending tequila promotional event, report says
LeBron James violated NBA health and safety protocols by attending a promotional event for Lobos 1707, a brand of tequila he supports, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. The event took place earlier this week, before the Lakers played the Warriors in the play-in tournament. The league and the Lakers are aware of the situation.
“This is a violation of agreed protocols and, as we have done in other comparable cases in the league, it has been discussed with the team,” a league spokesperson told ESPN on Friday. At this point, no report indicated that James would face discipline for the violation, and James played the Warriors without incident. Violations of health and safety protocol this season can result in absences of up to 14 days. His teammate Dennis Schroder, who recently confirmed he had not been vaccinated, missed seven games recently due to these protocols.
The event in question took place outdoors and required proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. James did not confirm whether or not he had been vaccinated, and when asked in March, he replied, “This is a conversation my family and I will have,” before adding ” I will keep this to a private affair ”.
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As McMenamin points out in his story, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said on Friday that the Lakers roster had yet to reach the 85% vaccination threshold needed to gain additional freedoms under the protocols. The Lakers would need 15 of their 17 vaccinated players to make this happen, so at least one player outside of Schroder should not be vaccinated.
The Lakers are expected to kick off their first-round series against the Suns on Sunday. What exactly this news means to them and to James is unclear at this point.