Report: NBA 'Snitch Line' Mostly Used for Players Not Wearing Mask, Distancing

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Players and coaches are already using the "snitch line" set up by the NBA to call out those violating protocols inside the Orlando bubble, and most calls so far have been for not wearing masks or keeping six feet of social distance, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Tuesday multiple calls have been placed, and some players have reportedly received warnings for violations.

Among those getting a warning was Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, who said someone had told on him for not wearing a mask, per Brandon Robinson.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers joked he's going to use the line to turn in LeBron James and Gregg Popovich.

"We're going to be the only team left when I'm done with this hotline thing," he said.

The only two players to receive punishment for breaking quarantine so far are Richaun Holmes and Bruno Caboclo, and neither was busted through the hotline, per Vardon. They each must remain in quarantine for 10 days.

Commissioner Adam Silver previously said he expected some players to have the coronavirus early on but that later positive tests were the bigger problem.

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"We would know that there's in essence a hole in our bubble or that our quarantine or our campus is not working in some way," Silver said, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. "So that would be very concerning."


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