While the NBA is reviewing a video circulating on social media of a masquerade Kiri Ering having a family birthday party, there is no belief that the Brooklyn Net Guard will return to the team line this week, sources told ESPN.
Irving was ruled out of his fourth straight game Tuesday night against Denver, and sources say that, at the very least, he will miss Wednesday’s game against New York and Saturday’s match against Orlando. His absence is attributed to personal reasons.
In the video – which began to be widely shared on Monday night – smiling Irving is dancing with his sister Asia on the floor covered with confetti and applauding as she blows out the candles. If the video appears to be recent, it may be a violation of the Behavioral League’s coronavirus protocol.
The league’s COVID-19 guidelines prohibit players from entering clubs, bars and lounges. They also ban more than 15 people from attending social gatherings.
The investigation comes amid a tumultuous week, as the league is reevaluating its coronavirus health and safety regulations. The league has postponed three games this week due to mounting positive COVID-19 tests and contact-tracing quarantine.
The NBA Board of Governors is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wozniacki. The team’s general managers had a call Monday that focused on tightening protocol.
The NBA has investigated other health and safety violations this season. In December, Blacksports line Nalai released a video of James Harden partying without a mask at a Houston club Christmas party. The league fined the Houston Rockets Star 50,000 50,000 after an investigation and had to be kept apart for four days while returning daily negative COVID-19 tests.
Harden never missed a game.
If a player misses a game due to a COVID-19 violation, he or she will lose 1/72 of his or her salary according to league rules.