The N.B.A. is investigating whether or not Nets guard Kyrie Irving violated the league’s coronavirus protocols after a video emerged Monday on social media that appeared to point out him at a crowded indoor occasion with out carrying a masks.
The N.B.A.’s well being protocols prohibit gamers from attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or extra individuals. If the league determines that Irving broke these guidelines, he may very well be fined 1/81.6 of his estimated $33 million annual salary (greater than $400,000) for every recreation he has to overlook whereas quarantining. The size of the quarantine will depend on a number of elements, such because the setting of the violation and the way lengthy the participant was there.
Sean Marks, the Nets normal supervisor, mentioned in an announcement that the crew was conscious of the video, which it described as displaying Irving at a “household gathering.”
“We’re reviewing the circumstances with each Kyrie and the N.B.A. to be able to decide compliance with well being and security protocols,” Marks mentioned.
Representatives for Irving couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
It’s unclear when and the place the gathering befell, however the video of it compounds puzzling elements of the season for Irving, who has not performed since Jan. 5 for what the crew has known as “private causes.”
Forward of final Thursday’s recreation in opposition to Philadelphia, Nets Coach Steve Nash mentioned that he had not heard from Irving and didn’t know why he wasn’t enjoying. Earlier than Tuesday evening’s recreation in opposition to Denver, Nash declined to say greater than that the group had been in contact with Irving.
“There’s been communication, however I feel that’s all in-house,” Nash mentioned. “We maintain that to ourselves, and we attempt to determine our dwelling entrance privately.”
Requested if he was assured that Irving would return this season, Nash mentioned: “Certain. Like I mentioned, proper now, I’ve acquired to give attention to teaching this crew and getting the perfect out of them. So I can’t make any predictions, prognostications about issues which are exterior of this constructing.”
In his assertion, Marks mentioned that Irving’s return had “but to be finalized.”
“Within the meantime, we’ll proceed to remain targeted on our organizational targets,” Marks mentioned. “Kyrie could have the chance to handle his absence when he’s prepared to take action.”
After Tuesday’s win over the Nuggets, the Nets had been 6-6 for the season however 4-3 when Irving had performed. He was off to a stellar begin, averaging 27.1 factors and 6.1 assists on 50.4 p.c taking pictures in seven video games. The Nets additionally went with out Irving’s co-star, Kevin Durant, for every week due to the N.B.A.’s well being protocols.
James Harden, the Houston Rockets guard, was fined $50,000 earlier within the season after attending an indoor occasion with greater than 15 individuals on Dec. 21, the eve of the season’s opening evening. Irving was additionally fined $25,000 that month, for refusing to talk to the media.