The Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James was ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings after entering the NBA’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols, according to the team.
It was unclear whether James had tested positive for the coronavirus or had had close contact with someone who had.
The Lakers superstar, who has been vaccinated, must now pass two negative tests before returning to the court.
According to US media reports, if James tests positive, he could be suspended for up to ten days.
To comply with local restrictions in Los Angeles, James and the rest of the Lakers roster were fully vaccinated prior to the start of the season. Earlier this year, the four-time MVP declined to say whether he would take the vaccine, but in September, he said he had chosen to be vaccinated in order to protect “me and my family.”
However, James was chastised in some quarters after claiming that it was not his responsibility to encourage other players to get vaccinated.
“I don’t think I should get involved in what other people do with their bodies and livelihoods,” James said in September.
“I’m aware of what I did for myself and my family. I’m aware of what some of my friends have done for their families. But it’s not my job to speak for everyone, their differences, and the things they want to do.”