Houston Firecrackers guard John Wall suggested he would have no issues with being fined by the NBA for breaching coronavirus procedures after hugging former teammate Bradley Beal.

Wall and Beal played together in Washington for eight seasons and on Tuesday night crossed courses for the first time given that the former was traded to the Firecrackers in exchange for Russell Westbrook at the start of last month.

At the end of the video game, Wall approached Beal and hugged him, contravening the league’s COVID-19 protocols, which state players should keep interactions to a minimum prior to and after the video game.

Speaking after the video game, Wall acknowledged breaking the rules which his actions were most likely to lead to a fine.

” I’ll take my fine,” the very first general choice of the 2010 NBA Draft said when inquired about his choice to hug Beal, according to The Athletic.

He included: “Brad [ley] is my sibling no matter what […] I informed him, keep being himself and keep leading.”

On January 12, the NBA revealed more stringent COVID-19 guidelines focused on lessening interaction with opposing gamers before and after the game.

The rules, which are in force forever, restriction “extended interacting socially” after games, eliminating the custom of players joining former teammates or good friends.

Gamers are also required to use a mask at all times they aren’t playing, consisting of while on the bench and in the locker room.

The new protocols likewise seriously limit motion of players and staff during trip. Both are now prohibited from leaving their hotel for non-team activities and players are disallowed from having non-team visitors in their room.

Players were formerly permitted to host approximately two visitors in their spaces, supplied they were relative or friends.

The very first major league to halt proceedings due to the fact that of the coronavirus outbreak in March last year, the NBA was extensively praised for its handling of the pandemic and effectively completed the regular season and the playoffs in a bio-secure bubble in Orlando, Florida.

The NBA wanted to restore some semblance of normality when the existing routine season began in late December, with teams following a traditional schedule involving home and road video games and gamers no longer in a secluded environment.

The new method, nevertheless, has actually resulted in a swathe of games being postponed due to the fact that of coronavirus-related issues. At the time of composing, the NBA has actually been required to hold off 22 video games as groups have struggled to have the needed minimum of 8 players offered on game day due to the fact that of positive tests or contact tracing procedures.

On Tuesday night, the Wizards were missing 6 gamers due to the fact that of health and wellness procedures and their 107-88 loss in Houston was just their 13th game of the season, 3 less than any other group in the Eastern Conference.

The Memphis Grizzlies are the only other team to have played simply 13 games this season.

Wall isn’t the first player to breach the brand-new coronavirus procedures on the court. On Sunday, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and Miami Heat huge man Bam Adebayo aimed to hug and exchange jerseys after the Nets’ 128-124 win over the Heat, just for a security guard to step in and separate the two.

When the groups met two days later on, Irving eventually handled to hand his jersey to Adebayo, but the latter couldn’t return the favor.

Previously this month, Irving was fined $50,000 by the NBA for breaking its health and safety protocols after he was spotted attending a family celebration indoor while not wearing a mask.

The NBA included Irving would be docked spend for each game he missed out on throughout his five-day quarantine duration.