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NBA players and staff in Orlandoare going to hold each other accountable for mask and social distancing violations. The league’s anonymous tip line has reportedly received multiple calls with reports of players breaking the league’s safety protocol, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Those calls must have come in recently, as Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported Monday that the tip line had not been used.
Players who were reported to the tip line received warnings, according to Charania.
Some players have received warnings from violations, sources said, as league ensures social distancing and mask protocols on campus. https://t.co/LSRX6cXWfP
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2020
The league is being aggressive with safety issues as it attempts to restart July 30. At least two players — Bruno Caboclo and Richaun Holmes — had to restart the quarantine process after accidentally breaking the rules.
Asked Spencer Dinwiddie if he had a message for guys that are IN the bubble.
I’m just gonna leave this here. I was not expecting him to say this. Lol pic.twitter.com/1xfbKVh3RW
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) July 14, 2020
Dinwiddie, 27, opted out of the season and is not in Orlando.
While some players likely share Dinwiddie’s opinion, the only way the NBA is going to resume the season is if players stay healthy. The best way to ensure that is to follow safety protocols. The fact that the tip line was used suggests players and staff understand what’s at stake and want everyone to take this seriously.
It can’t be fun to report other players and staff members to the league, but the alternative is not having a season. Too many veteran players and coaches have too much on the line to miss a shot at winning it all.
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