Source: Daniel Boczarski / Getty
Lakers superstar LeBron James dodged a COVID-19 violation with the NBA after haters tried to call him out for partying with his famous friends at an event for his tequila brand last week.
The four-time league champion was one of many celebrities who attended a gathering last Monday to celebrate his latest business venture, Lobos Tequilla. High notables seen at the launch include Drake, Michael B. Jordan, Damson Idris, Quavo, and Kelly Rowland.
His agent Rich Paul and legendary photographer and Roc Nation executive Lenny “Lenny S.” Santiago arranged the event.
James kept a low profile and didn’t post photos from the party on his social media, but that didn’t stop Drake or Lenny S. from showing off the images on Instagram.
Once fans caught wind of this, outrage soon followed with a demand for a mandatory quarantine, fearing that the champ’s off-court activities could infect other players in the league.
According to TMZ, investigators at the NBA determined that everyone at the party was either vaccinated or tested negative for COVID before attending the event, so there wasn’t a risk of spreading the virus.
“LeBron James briefly attended an outdoor event last week where participants were required to be vaccinated or return a negative test result,” a league spokesperson said Monday.
“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.”
To quell any rumors of special treatment for the superstar, the league mentioned other players similarly faced investigations for the same thing.
“Over the course of this season, there have been numerous similar violations of the league’s Health and Safety Protocols, which were addressed with the player’s team in a similar fashion.”
Currently, James hasn’t officially stated that he’s vaccinated, but a line in the league’s report insinuates otherwise.
“Under current NBA rules, vaccinated players are permitted to engage in outside activities including their individual commercial arrangements, such as sponsor appearances or ad shoots.”
King James remains untouchable.