Clipper’s guard Lou Williams will have to sit out for two games after going to a strip club for dinner during a trip outside the NBA bubble.
The NBA is holding an abbreviated season within the confines of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex located at Walt Disney World. Twenty-two teams are participating in eight games, while staff and players live and practice in an isolation zone deemed “the bubble.”
Williams was approved for a trip off campus to attend a family funeral in Atlanta, but made an unsanctioned stop at strip club Magic City to eat some chicken wings at his “favorite restaurant in Atlanta.”
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 24, 2020
In a since deleted Instagram photo, rapper Jack Harlow revealed Williams’ location at the club last Thursday.
— Ahmed??/Justice for Breonna & Elijah (@big_business_) July 24, 2020
When Williams disclosed his activities to the NBA, the league enforced a 10-day quarantine period, which forced the Clipper’s guard to miss two games and caused him to forfeit 150k in salary.
Retired pro baller and ESPN commentator, Kendrick Perkins, acknowledged that though Magic City’s wings “are fire,” Williams is a veteran that “knows better.” He went on to say that the Clippers should be focused on social justice and trying to win the title, but instead they have “to talk about Magic City, and Lou Will, and chicken wings. It’s just not fair and it was very irresponsible of Lou Will.”
It’s disturbing when a Rookie in Zion Williamson can act more Mature than NBA vet Lou Williams!!! https://t.co/FlWgDBEXRU
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 27, 2020
Williamson shot back at Perkins on Twitter, “15 years in this business and the most dirt you have on my name is stopping to get hot wings during a pandemic. Perk. Shut up.”
15 years in this business and the most dirt you have on my name is stopping to get hot wings during a pandemic. Perk. Shut up. And stop laughing and saying it’s just tv when you run into me too. https://t.co/2xnCpG9I1J
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 27, 2020
Williams will not be eligible to play until the Clippers face off against the Suns on August 4.