Kyrie Irving # 11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the Washington Wizards on February 1, 2020 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman / NBAE via Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets stars Kyrie Irving have been fined $ 50,000 for violating Covid-19 protocols, the National Basketball Association said on Friday.
The NBA President Byron Spruell made the decision after Irving was seen wearing no mask at a "private indoor party" last weekend. His presence violated NBA rules, which prohibit players from "attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs, or similar facilities."
Irving, who will be paid $ 33 million by the Nets this season, will lose his salary for games he missed during his quarantine period. Despite having to suspend the networks for the last five games, Irving will only be docked for two games and will have to forego over $ 400,000 per game.
The NBA said Irving will be allowed to return on Saturday if he clears league logs.
Covid-19 outbreaks have hit the NBA hard this week, forcing the league to postpone numerous games since Monday, including Saturday's Indiana Pacers competition against the Chicago Bulls. The league also released its latest pandemic test report, which found 16 new players tested positive.
To combat the outbreaks, the NBA tightened Covid-19 protocols to mandate more masks in team areas and issued a two-week stay-at-home policy. Players and team members must remain in their homes outside of team activities at practice areas or in arenas in their home markets.
In addition to Irving's possible return, the Nets will also welcome James Harden to the club. The team traded with four teams for Harden on Wednesday.