The Los Angeles Lakers superstar broke the protocols by attending a promotional event on one of his investments, Lobos 1797 Tequila. He was with rapper Drake and actor Michael B. Jordan.
Despite the violation, James could escape the mandatory quarantine because the attendees should be vaccinated and undergo tests with negative results.
The NBA also backed their decision not to put James into quarantine:
“To clarify any remaining misconception, LeBron James briefly attended an outdoor event last week where participants were required to be vaccinated or return a negative test result,” according to NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass.
“Under these circumstances and in consultation with medical experts, it was determined that his attendance did not create risks related to the spread of COVID-19, and therefore no quarantine was necessary. Throughout this season, there have been numerous similar violations of the league’s Health and Safety Protocols, which were addressed with the player’s team similarly.”
“Under current NBA rules, vaccinated players are permitted to engage in outside activities,” said Bass, “including their commercial arrangements, such as sponsor appearances or ad shoots.”