Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis fined $50K for club visit

The NBA fined Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis $50.000 for a trip to a club on May 23 that violated the player’s current Covid-19 guidelines.

NBA rules forbid players, “irrespective of the player” from going into any bar, club, lounge, or similar establishment, regardless of the player’s vaccination status.

However, Porzingis hasn’t been suspended and isn’t scheduled to miss either of the Mavericks’ first-round playoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It should be noted that the NBA’s punishment for Porzingis is a harsher one than with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who was not disciplined in any way after the league found that he violated health and safety protocols after participating in an outdoor marketing event last week.

James attended an outdoor party with rapper Drake ahead of the Lakers’ first Western Conference playoff game against the Golden State Warriors last week. However, because it was an outdoor event where attendees had to be either vaccinated or have a negative Covid test, James was not in breach of NBA guidelines and was not penalized, suspended, or quarantined.

The league put out a statement regarding James saying that “under current NBA rules, vaccinated players are permitted to engage in outside activities including their individual commercial arrangements, such as sponsor appearances or ad shoots,” noted league spokesman Mike Bass.

The Mavericks will play the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday in Game 2 of the playoff first-round series at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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