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Report: Rockets' Kevin Porter Jr. Broke Safety Protocols with Strip Club Visit

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 22, 2021

Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) points to teammates as he leaves the court after fouling out during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. reportedly broke the NBA's health and safety protocols after visiting a Miami strip club, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon

Houston traveled to Miami after playing the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening. During that visit, Porter and teammate Sterling Brown reportedly visited a strip club. In a separate incident, Brown suffered "facial lacerations" as the result of an assault (h/t ESPN). Per a Rockets' team statement, Brown "had no prior knowledge of or interaction with the assailants."

Porter ended up playing for the Rockets on Monday evening, but he'll now reportedly sit until at least Sunday, per head coach Stephen Silas (h/t MacMahon).

The 20-year-old is sitting for his team's Wednesday game against the Utah Jazz. Houston has matchups against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday and the Denver Nuggets on Saturday to round out the week.

Brown, who was out of the lineup due to a left knee injury, was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and needed "multiple heavy stitching jobs for his facial injuries and underwent several tests," per Shams Charania and Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

"If he hadn’t been as physically strong and tough, he might not have made it out of the situation (Sunday) night," a source told Charania and Iko. "He could have died."

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Porter tried to break up the altercation and protect his teammate, per Charania and Iko.

Porter, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds, should be eligible to return on Tuesday against the Minnesota TimberwolvesThe Athletic discussed the league protocols that are preventing him from coming back immediately.

"The league’s protocols, made as a measure to keep the league’s players safe in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prohibit players from going to bars, lounges or clubs. In many ways, situations such as this one being made public raise awareness to violations of those protocols—clearing the way for the league to determine whether its rules were broken."

The NBA also told Charania and Iko that it is investigating the situation and hopes Brown makes a "full recovery."

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