Last week, three players from the Sacramento Kings reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus: Buddy Hield, Alex Len and Jabari Parker. All three players are expected to join the team in Orlando for the final eight games of the NBA regular season, but Parker could face disciplinary action after seemingly breaking league protocol over the weekend.
In a story released by TMZ on Friday, Parker can be seen playing tennis at a local court in Chicago without a mask. The photos were allegedly taken after Parker tested for the coronavirus. The report also alleges that Parker was seen eating at a local restaurant.
Jabari Parker Out Playing Tennis Mask-less After COVID Announcement https://t.co/9AVLfAlx04— TMZ (@TMZ) June 27, 2020
Here is what the Kings had to say about the report, via NBC Sports California:
“We are aware of the report and are gathering additional information. We have no further comment at this time.”
The NBA requires every player that tests positive for the coronavirus to quarantine for 14 days. In a statement Parker released through the team on Wednesday, he said he tested positive for the coronavirus “several days ago.” While it’s unclear exactly what that means, we know that mandatory testing for teams participating in the league’s restart began on June 23, according to a report from Tim Bontemps and Zach Lowe of ESPN.
Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has appeared in one game for the Kings this season.