The NBA bubble is getting an Instaban.
Ahead of the arrival of league-sanctioned guests, the NBA will begin requiring players to prove “long-standing relationships” with non-family members, according to a memo obtained by ESPN.
The league and players agreed to keep casual acquaintances — “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary” — from joining the Disney-based bubble, meaning that any sliding in the DMs stops there.
Casual acquaintances “could create problems within your team — and maybe someone else’s too,” one GM told ESPN.
Instagram model Anna Mya alleged she got an invite to Orlando in early July, though it appears she won’t make the cut now.
Also not allowed in the bubble, according to the memo: trainers, physical or massage therapists, personal chefs, hair/apparel stylists, tattoo artists, and current/prospective business partners, and certified agents (other than family members), among others.
Players’ guests can arrive on Aug. 31, with their count essentially replacing that of exiting teams, with each team having 17 hotel rooms available to guests. Family and friends, up to four adults per player with exceptions for children, must quarantine for seven days — either entirely off-site or split between a team’s market and the Disney campus. Guests will not be able to leave the campus or go to the theme park.
Before the news came out, Winnie Harlow, the model who’s dating Lakers star Kyle Kuzma, posted video to her Instagram story of her getting a COVID-19 test.
The NBA bubble has remained coronavirus-free, with the league announcing Wednesday it had zero positives among its latest round of testing.
For the most part, the NBA has been able to avoid problems in the bubble — Lou Williams’ strip club visit and other minor infractions notwithstanding — and Tuesday’s memo will help keep a focus on social justice instead of socializing.