NBA Covid-19 Updates: Teams under pressure to enforce Covid-19 guidelines after new memo

NBA Covid-19 Updates: The NBA has put a significant burden on teams to control and ensure discipline in cases of COVID-19 rules infractions among players and staff, the league told teams on Thursday in a memo obtained by ESPN.

The memo comes on the day four Chicago Bulls players – Lauri Markkanen, Ryan Arcidiacono, Tomas Satoransky, and Chandler Hutchison, were ruled out against the Washington Wizards due to league health and safety protocols.

Under guidelines of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the league still holds the power to reverse team decisions on player punishments, the memo said.

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The league continues to supervise primary duty to observe and review in-game breaches– like the failure of coaches or inactive players to wear masks.

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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.

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The NBA 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.