The NBA’s “snitch hotline” is apparently blowing up.
As part of a 113-page memo, the NBA set up an anonymous hotline
for players to report peers they suspect are breaking the rules.
Multiple tips have already been submitted to the hotline,
according to The Athletic, to report potential protocol
violations. The NBA is attempting to uphold a bubble-like
atmosphere in Orlando, Fla. in order to resume its season later
Some players have already received warnings from the league for
their violations, which reportedly stem from social distancing
and mask protocol.
The tips have already irked some around the league. Clippers
guard Lou Williams posted a rat emoji on twitter. In an
interview with Bleacher Report, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie —
who is sitting out the restart after testing positive for
coronavirus — announced “To all my fellow NBA players, don’t
call the snitch hotline.”
Two players – Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo and Kings center
Richaun Holmes – have already broken the league’s safety
protocols and have to restart the quarantine process.
Caboclo was reportedly unaware that he was not able to leave his
room during the initial quarantine period upon arrival in the
bubble. Holmes “briefly and accidentally” crossed campus lines
to pick up food delivery, he announced on Twitter on Monday.
If players do not follow safety protocols in the bubble,
punishment consists of a warning, a suspension and a campus ban.