The NBA is investigating South Gwinnett grad Lou Williams’ trip outside the league’s campus in Orlando, Fla., according to an ESPN report.
The Los Angeles Clippers guard had an excused absence Thursday and went to Atlanta for the memorial service of Paul G. Williams, a close family friend. Sources told ESPN that Williams was interviewed by NBA security about his trip, and that Williams admitted he went to Magic City gentleman’s club for a brief dinner Thursday night. He said there were no entertainers present while he was there.
Williams was photographed at a club by rapper Jack Harlow, who quickly deleted the post from his Instagram account. Harlow tweeted Friday, “That was an old pic of me and Lou. I was just reminiscing cuz I miss him.” The photo showed Williams in an NBA mask given out on the Orlando campus. He also was holding a drink.
Williams said his trip Thursday was just for a meal, and addressed it with a tweet — “Ask any of my teammates what’s my favorite restaurant in Atlanta is. Ain’t nobody partying. Chill out lol. #Maskon #inandout.”
Williams was tested for the coronavirus each day he was away from campus per NBA policy, sources told ESPN. Players are subject to a minimum four-day quarantine when they exit campus for an excused reason. It could be extended up to 10 days, based on the discretion of outside infectious disease specialists.