No NBA players have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the bubble. And they want to keep it that way. A championship and a lot of money are on the line.
The NBA set up a hotline – quickly dubbed the “snitch” hotline – for players to report violations.
Chris Haynes of TNT:
My report on how some players are bypassing the anonymous tip hotline and going straight to the top with their complaints in the bubble. pic.twitter.com/JLMzLulpa0
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 7, 2020
Players have been circumventing that process. Sources informed me that multiple players are personally calling commissioner Adam Silver to issue their complaints with things they’re seeing in the bubble.
I’m not sure about tattling straight to the top boss when there are other protocols in place. Are hotline calls not resulting in changed behavior?
Either way, it’s important for the NBA to keep players safe – both for their health and the league’s revenue (about half of which goes to players in salary). So, cut Chris Paul anyone calling Silver a break. They’re at least trying to help. And so far, violations inside the bubble have led to reminders, not harsher discipline.