Clippers' Lou Williams faces extended quarantine after visiting strip club during excused absence
Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams is in danger of missing the team’s opening games of the NBA restart after Williams was photographed at an Atlanta strip club, two people familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
“I can’t tell you about his journey because I wasn’t on that journey with him. He’s back here. I can tell you that much,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Obviously those got out and that’s something we obviously didn’t enjoy seeing or like.”
Williams, who left the NBA bubble at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, with an excused absence to attend a funeral, admitted he stopped briefly at Magic City in Atlanta. Rapper Jack Harlow posted a picture of himself and Williams but later deleted the image saying it was an old photo of the two. Both of them had masks on in the photo.
Now, Williams faces an extended quarantine time up to 14 days. If a player leaves campus for an approved reason, undergoes daily COVID-19 testing and returns negative tests, that quarantine could be just four days. New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson left the Disney campus for an excused reason, had negative tests while he was away and is now in a four-day quarantine after returning.
However, players can also be subject to 10 days of quarantine at a hotel or another campus property, and that can be extended to 14 days “as directed by a consulting infectious disease physician designated by the NBA,” according to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
There are no specific rules about what a player can do while off campus for an excused absence, but ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks tweeted, “The league should make an amendment to the exit/re-entry protocols to add: A player that leaves campus for a valid reason must limit their interactions to people and places that directly relate to the stated emergency.”
COVID-19 cases in Georgia are surging, too, with testing capacity pushed past the brink.
Lakers guard Alex Caruso guard skipped his sister’s wedding in Texas, saying Lakers officials told him he would have to undergo a 10-day quarantine after attending a large event, per ESPN.
The Clippers' first game in the restart is Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers followed by a game Aug. 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by games against the Phoenix Suns on Aug. 4 and the Dallas Mavericks on Aug. 6.
The Clippers are in second place in the Western Conference, and Williams is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Williams has won that award three times previously, and is averaging 18.7 points per game in 2019-20.