WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- L.A. Clippers guard Lou Williams reportedly asked for authorized leave to attend his grandfather’s funeral service, but questions arise as he was seen on a strip club after.
- Williams frequently said in the past that he loves to dine in Magic City’s restaurant.
- The Clippers are short with players, and the recent action by Williams may extend his quarantine period.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams asked to be excused from the game to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Williams, however, was also seen visiting a strip club.
The association is now probing Williams’ visit to the said place while he’s under quarantine and trying to decide until when the current Sixth Man of the Year has to remain inside the bubble, ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Ramona Shelburne reports.
On Thursday, rapper Jack Harlow published a picture of himself with the star guard, claiming later that it was an old photo.
Williams, though, later admitted that he visited the strip club.
Should the NBA find out that Williams had been doing risky activities while under quarantine, then the measure can potentially make him miss his team’s Disney World opener versus L.A rival, Lakers, on July 30.
Clippers needed Williams to secure a win as the 33-year-old guard brought to the team a per game average of 18.7 points and 5.7 assists from the bench, complementing the stats of forward and center Montrezl Harrell to execute one of the NBA’s shattering pick-and-roll plays.
Williams’ strip club issue had reportedly started on Thursday upon granting of an excuse to leave the quarantine since his grandfather died.
In just a few hours, though, a photo from Harlow’s Instagram story began going viral on social media, taken at the Magic City strip club in Atlanta.
While Harlo alibied that the picture was an old one, it was deleted immediately as the club’s D.J posted its Instagram story a photo of Harlow and Williams.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told reporters that the post is something that they would not appreciate.
ESPN reported that Williams told NBA authorities that he went to his grandfather’s viewing service until 6 p.m. on Thursday. Reports also said that he headed to Magic City for dinner, speaking in the past the place is his favorite restaurant all over the world.
In response, the NBA is also to decide whether Williams can play again soon. Rivers also confirmed that Williams was back to self-quarantine as of Saturday.
Usually, players given leave authorities are only required to undergo a four-day quarantine upon returning, given that daily tests ensue.
However, quarantine measures can be prolonged from 10 to 14 days, depending on recommendations by the NBA’s external infectious disease experts, Shelburne reports. If the specialists conclude Williams was too exposed, he can go back to the court between Aug. to Aug. 8.
The situation is not going well for the Clippers as they remain short with players due to many excused leaves it currently faces.