NBA issues memo stressing ban on unauthorized people entering campus
The NBA has sent a memo to the 22 teams currently preparing for the season’s resumption in Orlando, Fla., to stress how interacting with unauthorized individuals or inviting them onto the Walt Disney World campus is strictly prohibited.
Further, the NBA has ordered that each team explicitly address the issue and other associated bubble protocols at their next meeting, as shared by Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Sources: The NBA has sent memo to teams reminding them that interacting with or bringing an unauthorized person on Disney Campus is prohibited. Teams are required to utilize part of next team meeting to brief/discuss health protocols.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 16, 2020
Amid this development, a prominent Instagram model claimed earlier this week that an unidentified NBA player has already invited her to join him at the Walt Disney World Resort campus. It’s unclear whether those allegations played a role in the league taking this latest step or if the memo also involves other possible incidents not yet reported.
What’s more, one NBA star recently joked about tunneling out of the bubble to escape the league’s rigid restrictions. While made in jest, those comments represent the NBA’s worst fears about players being lax in following protocol, which could lead to a widespread COVID-19 outbreak that in effect would scuttle any effort to complete the season.
It is an understatement to say the situation at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex — where the NBA is slated to restart play on July 30 — is an extremely fragile one.
So much so, in fact, that the NBA established an anonymous hotline — sarcastically referred to as a “snitch line” — where players can report violations by other players. The hotline already has been utilized multiple times, according to reports, although many players have condemned its use and say they would never do so.
In other words, it hardly comes as a surprise that the NBA is being proactive in its efforts to clamp down on any potential outside interactions by players, not to mention making it clear that welcoming unauthorized individuals into the Orlando bubble will not be tolerated.