Why LeBron James escapes suspension for breaking NBA’s health and safety protocol?

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Boston Celtics on January 30, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ponciano Melo – LeBron James was again the talk of the town recently, not because of superb NBA highlights nor another milestone but due to his violation of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

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.”