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Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. fined for strip-club incident

Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. vs. Miami Heat

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 19: Kevin Porter Jr. #3 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Miami Heat during the first quarter at American Airlines Arena on April 19, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. reportedly got roughed up when he stepped in as teammate Sterling Brown got jumped outside a Miami strip club last week.

Porter also violated the NBA’s coronavirus protocols.

NBA release:

Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. has been fined $50,000 for violating the league’s Health and Safety Protocols, which among other things prohibit attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people or entering bars, lounges, clubs or similar establishments, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations.

Porter Jr. violated these rules when he attended a club in Miami on April 19.

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Porter missed three games in the aftermath of the incident before returning to the lineup Tuesday. However – unlike with Kyrie Irving – the NBA did not announce Porter would forfeit any salary for games missed due to his protocol violation.

It’s unclear why Porter was the only Houston player punished. Brown was also at the strip club. Other Rockets players were reportedly there, too.

But Brown has already suffered plenty, and the NBA has enforced its coronavirus protocols sympathetically. The Rockets also reportedly didn’t eagerly cooperate with this investigation.