Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is reportedly under investigation by the NBA after going to a gentleman’s club while on an excused absence outside of the bubble in Orlando.
Photos emerged on social media of Williams spotted in Atlanta, Georgia, club Magic City alongside rapper Jack Harlow on Thursday. The photos were subsequently erased by Harlow, who said they had been taken well before.
But according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Williams admitted he was in fact in Magic City on Thursday.
Sources told ESPN that Williams has been interviewed by NBA security about his whereabouts while he was away from campus, and told them he did go to the Magic City gentleman’s club for a short time on Thursday night— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 25, 2020
Williams is being investigated by the league in order to determine how long his quarantine should be, per Shelburne and ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The period could run anywhere between four days to 10 days or beyond.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said during his pregame availability Saturday Williams is back in the bubble in Orlando, beginning his quarantine process, but he said the photos of the player at the club were “something we obviously didn’t enjoy seeing or like.”
Doc Rivers on pictures of Lou Williams on social media after he left NBA bubble “... that’s something we obviously didn’t enjoy seeing or like.” pic.twitter.com/jqPWA6WtoD— Hoops & Brews (@HoopsNBrews) July 25, 2020
So, the quarantine itself may turn out to be a punishment of sorts, and with the first game that counts coming Thursday, Williams is in risk of missing game action. It’s unclear if the Clippers would opt to punish him, but we’ll see.
Either way, we’re living in a weird time, but look, a gentleman’s club is probably the worst place to go during a pandemic for self-evident reasons. Also, it’s compounded when you’re on an excused absence for work for unrelated reasons and you decide you just have to head to Magic City. All in all, let’s hope no one gets coronavirus from this.