Clippers’ Lou Williams will have 10-day quarantine on Orlando campus after picking up food at Magic City on excused absence — sidelining him through first two seeding games — NBA says.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 26, 2020
Williams left the site on an excused absence after his grandfather died, but was photographed at Magic City, a strip club in Atlanta. He said he was picking up food.
Quarantine forces Williams to miss two games
The move will sideline him two of the eight regular season games that begin next week. On a regularly excused absence, as long as the player tests negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus every day while away, he would be quarantined for only four days.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters that Williams was back on campus as of Saturday, meaning he’ll likely end his quarantine on Aug. 3 and could return for the Aug. 4 game against the Phoenix Suns.
Williams will also forfeit up to $150,000 in salary, Bobby Marks of the ESPN reported ahead of the suspension.
Williams’ approved trip turns into problematic saga
The 15-year veteran left the bubble on Thursday to attend a viewing for his grandfather, Paul G. Williams. It reportedly ended around 6 p.m. and he was later seen on Instagram stories at Magic City, a strip club in Atlanta.
At first Williams said it was an old photo. He then pivoted and admitted he visited the location, but was there to pick up food.
The NBA announced late Saturday night it would investigate Williams’ activities while away from the bubble to assess how long he should stay in quarantine upon returning. Its outside infectious disease specialists can recommend a longer quarantine period, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported, if it determines the player poses a higher risk of getting COVID-19 while he was away.
What does Williams’ quarantine mean for Clippers?
The Clippers (44-20) are short-handed in the bubble with several players on excused absences.
Williams, 33, is averaging 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game off the bench for the second-place Western Conference team.
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