NBA Covid-19 Updates: A total of 7 members of the LA Clippers staff including one who tested positive for COVID-19 are in quarantine, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The quarantined group traveled via vans from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles over the weekend. This does not include any players, coaches, or team management.
The case was confirmed after the newly introduced contact tracing of the positive test led back to a New Year’s Eve staff party with food and drinks in an administrative suite of a Salt Lake City team hotel that included periodic mask-wearing, sources said.
NBA has ways to find out breaches in the guidelines
The NBA also prompted teams that it can become informed of possible breaches in a number of ways.
These include reporting by team or league staff, media and social media reports, analysis of game broadcasts, and calls to the league-established health and safety hotline.
Under guidelines of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the league still holds the power to reverse team decisions on player punishments, the memo said.
The NBA recently promoted teams to control and administer punishment to staff and players in breach of protocols.
The league told teams that they must follow normal disciplinary processes in handing out punishments, including “determining the facts, providing the person alleged to have violated the protocols with an opportunity to be heard, and using principles of fairness, proportionality, and progressivity in determining discipline.”