Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets appears to be like on through the recreation in opposition to the Washington Wizards on February 1, 2020 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE through Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets stars Kyrie Irving has been fined $50,000 for violating Covid-19 protocols, the National Basketball Association introduced Friday.
NBA president of league operations, Byron Spruell, made the choice, after Irving was noticed at a “private indoor party” final weekend with out a masks. His presence violated NBA rules that prohibit gamers from “attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments.”
Irving, who the Nets will pay $33 million this season, will forfeit wage for video games he missed throughout his quarantine interval. Though Irving sat out the Nets’ final 5 video games, he is solely being docked for two video games and should forgo over $400,000 per recreation.
The NBA mentioned Irving is allowed to return on Saturday if he clears league protocols.
Covid-19 outbreaks have hit the NBA laborious this week, forcing the league to postpone quite a few video games since Monday, together with Saturday’s Indiana Pacers contest in opposition to the Chicago Bulls. The league additionally launched its newest pandemic testing report, noting that 16 new gamers examined constructive.
To assist fight the outbreaks, the NBA tightened Covid-19 protocols to mandating extra masks in staff areas and issued a two-week stay-at-home coverage. Players and staff employees should stay of their residence whereas in dwelling markets exterior of staff actions at apply websites or arenas.
In addition to Irving’s potential return, the Nets additionally will welcome James Harden to the membership. The staff traded for Harden in four-team traction on Wednesday.