Rockets star Russell Westbrook partied in Las Vegas a month before positive COVID-19 test
A month prior to announcing a positive coronavirus test, Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook was partying it up poolside at Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The Rockets point guard hung out with a group of friends, including former NFL running back Reggie Bush, fashion jeweler Greg Yuna, bodybuilders and trainers Mike Rashid and Valeriu Guto, and Wynn club host Jai Shaun White at the outdoor club on June 13 — exactly one month prior to his social media announcement.
The aforementioned party posed for a photo at one of the VIP bungalows:
Wynn Las Vegas did not disclose personal information about their guests due to hotel policy, according to the Journal-Review:
“Any guest diagnosed with COVID-19 while visiting the resort is reported to the Southern Nevada Health District, which conducts community contact tracing,” the statement read. “Our internal contact tracing determines who in the resort the guest has had contact with and what areas they visited; relevant contacts are informed for testing and the areas visited are thoroughly sanitized.”
This pool party took place as states began to open up once again, giving a false sense of normalcy.
The Rockets star’s social media statement urged fans to take the coronavirus seriously, be safe, and “mask up” — three things he clearly didn’t display a month ago when partying it up in Las Vegas:
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 13, 2020
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni reacted to the Westbrook news on Monday:
“He said what he said, and that’s what we’re dealing with,” said D’Antoni, according to Michael C. Wright of NBA.com. “A lot of teams are dealing with it, but we’re getting through it as a team.”
Though there is no clear-cut association between this poolside party and Westbrook’s positive test, concerns about a spike in cases are starting to flood the NBA bubble site in Orlando — something the league is looking to mitigate once players and staff acclimate to their new environment.
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