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ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that James went to a photoshoot alongside several high-profile guests, including Drake and Michael B. Jordan, the night before the Los Angeles Lakers’ play-in game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
All invitees had to produce a COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of a negative test in order to attend the event. James, who has yet to confirm whether or not he has been vaccinated, was found to be in violation of the league’s health and safety protocols.
“It’s a violation of the agreed upon protocols, and, as we have in other comparable instances around the league, it has been addressed with the team,” a league spokesman told ESPN on Friday.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Laker will not be suspended for protocol violation.
The news arrives just a day after James declined to say whether he has or plans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Anything I do off the floor is predicated to my family for the majority or 99.9 percent of that,” James said on Friday after practice. “It’s about the health and safety of my family. That’s what it came down to. Being available to my teammates on the floor is about taking care of my body and me doing everything I can to make sure I’m available both mentally, physically and spiritually as well. But anything of that nature is all family talk.”
It’s unclear whether James will face any league or team punishment for the COVID-19 protocol violation. When Kyrie Irving and James Harden were found to be in breach of the NBA’s health and safety protocols earlier this season, both players were forced to pay a $50,000 fine and quarantine for five days.