Not even the King is immune to COVID-19.
LeBron James has been placed into the NBA’s health and safety protocols after testing positive for the virus, according to TMZ. James will miss the Lakers’ game tonight against the Kings, according to multiple reports.
James, who has said he is fully vaccinated against the virus, will miss several games, according to ESPN. According to NBA rules, players must test negative on two separate days before they can be cleared to return. Players who test positive must sit out 10 days.
James, who was suspended for last week’s game against the Knicks at the Garden stemming from an altercation with the Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart, was admittedly reluctant about the vaccine but said during training camp that he did it to protect himself “and my family.”
”I know what I did for me and my family. I know what some of my friends did for their families,” James said at the time. “But as far as speaking for everybody and their individualities, and things they want to do, that’s not my job.”
According to Michael J. Babcock, an executive producer with TMZ Sports, James took three COVID tests on Tuesday. The first came back positive, the second negative. A third test was administered as a “tie-breaker” and came back positive.
”I’m told he asymptomatic at this time,” Babcock tweeted. “The team chartered a private jet to take Lebron back to L.A.”