It took over a month in the bubble for it to happen, but an NBA player has finally been kicked off for having an unauthorized guest inside the hotel.
After the league launched an investigation into the activities of Rockets forward Danuel House after he allegedly had a female staffer in his hotel room, the NBA found that he did, in fact, violate protocols.
The full statement from the league is as follows (via NBA insider Jared Weiss):
"The NBA has concluded its investigation of a recent violation of campus health and safety protocols. The findings are that: (i) Houston Rockets forward Danuel House had guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus and (ii) no evidence was found that other players or staff had contact with the guest or were involved in this incident.
"Mr. House is leaving the NBA campus and will not participate with the Rockets team in additional games this season."
It's a tough loss for the Rockets, especially with their hopes for a comeback against the Lakers dwindling after three consecutive losses. The 27-year-old had been averaging 31 minutes per game so far throughout the 2020 playoffs, contributing 11.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game on .435/.358/.769 shooting.
NBA insiders Shams Charania and Sam Amick noted that House "vehemently denied... that he engaged in any improper contact" with the aforementioned staffer.
Twitter, of course, is having a field day with the news, envisioning it less as a serious potential violation of health and safety guidelines and more as a funny occurrence.
The Rockets will have to come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Lakers without House. The next game of the series will take place on Saturday night at 8:00 pm ET.