NBA fines Kyrie Irving $50,000 for attending party without mask
- Kyrie Irving was seen attending a birthday party with no mask
- The NBA protocols suggest players to not attend indoor gatherings of over 15 people
- Irving will stay eligible to return to the game after a five-day quarantine period
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has fined Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving $50,000 for violating the safety protocols, the league said on Friday. Notably, Irving attended a crowded indoor party without wearing a mask, reported AFP.
The player was put under investigation after a video surfaced on social media in which he was seen attending a birthday party with no mask.
The NBA protocols suggest players to not attend indoor gatherings of more than 15 people.
Irving has not played since January 5 for what the Nets have said are "personal reasons". Although, he will stay eligible to return to the game on Saturday after a five-day quarantine period, provided he continues to test negative for the virus, the NBA said in a statement.
Irving will also lose salary earned during his quarantine period.
The Nets acquired Houston Rockets star James Harden this week to form a heavyweight line-up alongside Irving and Kevin Durant, who returned to play this season after a year-long injury absence.
The Nets are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, with seven wins and six defeats.