Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday.
When an NBA player has a confirmed positive COVID-19 test, the league requires a minimum of 10 days of seclusion away from that player’s team without any physical activity.
As a result, James sat out his squad’s drama-filled victory over the Sacramento Kings that same day.
In the aftermath, James took to social media with a cryptic message regarding this entire situation.
🤔Something is REAL 🐠 🐟 🎣 🐟🐠 going on
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 1, 2021
James, by all accounts, was fully vaccinated. It is unclear whether he is under the impression that the NBA is penalizing him for a false positive or what – but clearly the Lakers star is not happy.
According to multiple reports, James returned two positive COVID-19 tests and one negative. Any player who tests positive is forced to sit out at minimum 10 days or present two negative tests separated by 24 hours.
Further raising suspicion that something is amiss is a bet that was placed on the Lakers’ game against the Kings that subsequently went viral.
One @CaesarsSports bettor wagered $245,000 on the Kings +5 (vs. Lakers) and $285,000 on the UNDER 227.
That’s over half a million $$ invested in a Tuesday night Lakers-Kings matchup.
— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkes22) November 30, 2021
Fan reaction was swift:
Clearly knew about the Lebron COVID news. Any recourse for the book?
— Steven Zee (@StevenZee14) December 1, 2021
That’s some bullshit if he made the bet in the last handful of hours, and he knew of lebron testing positive.
— David Eatherly (@AuthenticBamBam) December 1, 2021
Even if he had no knowledge about Lebron, the Kings are not a terrible team even without some stars. They can’t close games but they sure can usually hang in there until late
— unchainedmelody (@unchainedmelo16) December 1, 2021
Did some sort of insider knowledge go into making this bet? The world will never know.
But clearly there is a certain degree of suspicion surrounding James’ abrupt positive COVID-19 tests – including from the Lakers star himself.
How Zach Wilson’s girlfriend reacted to his tough day. https://t.co/w8QNqJh10t
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 30, 2021
Will Adam Silver ultimately come out and clarify what precisely is going on with James? He has been very blunt about the league’s various stars as it pertains to COVID-19, so it would make sense if he did.
At the moment, though – everything seems real silent around the league office.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.