Dwight Howard daring NBA to punish him as he flaunts mask resistance

Dwight Howard daring NBA to punish him as he flaunts mask resistance

July 20, 2020

Despite apparently being reported to the NBA bubble’s infamous “snitch hotline” for not wearing a mask, Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard is confident of his ill-advised decisions.

“I personally don’t see a risk of us getting it during the time period we are here,” the 34-year-old center said during an Instagram Live on Saturday. “Since we are here in this bubble and we’re the only ones here, and the staff and everyone is getting tested every day, I feel like we’re safe.”

However, the organization of the NBA bubble proves otherwise. While NBA players, coaches and other staff are not allowed to leave the campus, the Disney World employees serving their food and cleaning up after them are, and they are in the middle of one of the largest coronavirus hot spots in the world.

Howard also responded to a fan asking his beliefs on vaccinations during the IG Live.

“No, I don’t,” he replied, “That’s my personal opinion, but no, I don’t.”

While the snitch hotline may serve as a warning for NBA players and staff, the league can issue other penalties as well. Each player is required to certify in writing that he will adhere to all protocols while on campus, according to the NBA’s health and safety document.

“Failure or refusal to comply with the Protocols may subject a player to disciplinary action by the NBA or his team (but not both for the same act or conduct, pursuant to Article VI, Section 10 of the CBA), which may include a warning, fine, suspension, and/or removal from the campus,” it reads on the document. “Repeat offenders may be subject to enhanced discipline. Player challenges to any disciplinary action shall be made through the Grievance Arbitration process of the CBA.”

Howard posted an Instagram Live again on Sunday not wearing a mask despite being around others.

“I didn’t know that the coronavirus be flying through the air looking for people,” Howard said.

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