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Clips’ Williams to serve 10-day quarantine; will miss opening games

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams has been placed on a 10-day quarantine by the NBA after being investigated for his activities while he was on an excused absence from the Walt Disney campus in Orlando.

The announcement was made early Sunday morning; Williams had been excused from the team for ‘personal reasons’. However, Williams was photographed by rapper Jack Harlow at the Magic City strip club in Atlanta on Thursday. On Friday, the story had been deleted with Harlow tweeting that it had been an old photo. The picture shows Williams holding a drink and wearing an NBA mask that had been given out on the Orlando campus.

According to sources from ESPN, Williams, 33, had been interviews by NBA security about his whereabouts while away from the bubble. Williams told them that he visited the strip club for dinner after a viewing for Paul G. Williams, a close family friend. Williams also told security that there were no entertainers present while he was there.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams tweeted this response on Friday after reports he had attended a strip club outside of the NBA bubble campus in Orlando.

Williams, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, will now miss the first two games of the restart – the Los Angeles Lakers (July 30) and the New Orleans Pelicans (Aug. 1). Williams is currently third on the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game. Per the NBA policy, Williams was tested for coronavirus each day he was outside the campus.

Players are subjected to a minimum four-day quarantine after they leave campus for an excused absence, though the quarantine can be extended to 10 days if recommended by the league’s infectious disease specialists. Williams is the first player who had been given the maximum re-quarantine time.

Chris Bullock
Chris Bullock
Before joining The Ball Out, Chris Bullock was part of SB Nation's Swish Appeal for nearly three years, covering everything women's basketball. Chris has had the honor of doing live coverage of the WNBA Finals, the NCAA Tournament, and also was given his own column, "The Triple Double". A self-described "foodaholic", Chris lives in the San Diego area with his wife and two daughters, and also hosts his own podcast, "Conscious Cravings", where he speaks about his experience as a mental health advocate.

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