Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving Fined $50,000 For Violating NBA COVID-19 Protocol

The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving $50,000 for violating its COVID-19 protocol. He will also lose over $800,000 in pay for games missed due to having to quarantine. The organization released a statement regarding the events leading up to the penalty. 

“Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving 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” Byron Spruell, President, League Operations, announced on Jan.15. “The violation occurred when he attended a private indoor party last weekend.”

“Irving will forfeit salary for any games he misses due to his five-day quarantine period, which will allow him to return to team activities on Sat., Jan. 16 if he continues to test negative,” Spruell continued.


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Jaime Harrison, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Tapped For DNC

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to name former South Carolina Senatorial candidate Jaime Harrison and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to the Democratic National Committee (DNC)

Late last year, Harrison said he would consider taking the position if it was offered to him. Additionally, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) has been pushing Harrison to take the role.

“If that’s something that they are interested in me doing,” Harrison told the Washington Post in November. “I’ll definitely take a good look.”

Harrison, a former teacher, ran for Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s post and amid the Black Lives Matter resurgence last summer and received a ton of money and support. Harrison’s campaign broke fundraising records collecting $109 million. The haul left Graham literally begging for money on Fox News.

If he accepts the DNC position, the Yale graduate will be tasked with expanding narrow majorities in the House and Senate … Read the rest

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Says She Avoided Capitol Safe Room Due To White Supremacist Congress Members

Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D) said she avoided the safe room during the Capitol riot last week, but it had little to do with the coronavirus.

Pressley explained why she didn’t head to the safe room on Jan. 12 on Twitter. The Squad member refused based on her opinion that some lawmakers hiding in the room were just as dangerous as the rioters who broke into the Capitol.

In addition to Pressley’s belief that some GOP lawmakers are White supremacists, the GOP’s refusal to acknowledge the coronavirus pandemic also gave her pause.

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Here’s How States Plan To Guard Their Capitol Buildings Ahead of Biden’s Inauguration

States across the country are increasing security and planning for a contentious Inauguration Day after the FBI warned all 50 states of armed protests at every state capitol.

The FBI sent a memo to all 50 states that armed protests are planned for each state capitol and in Washington, D.C,. between last Sunday and at least through Inauguration Day next Wednesday. The agency also warned of a potential uprising if outgoing President Donald Trump is removed from office early.

Several states have released their inauguration day plans including the keystone state.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he was aware of the planned protests, but the state’s Capitol Complex in Harrisburg has been closed to the public since December because of the pandemic.

Wolf added Thursday morning that 1,000 National Guard troops have been activated to assist the Washington DC National Guard for Biden’s inauguration.

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CNN Names Abby Phillip As New Anchor For ‘Inside Politics’

Abby Phillip has made a name for herself reporting on the Trump administration. Now, the famed journalist is adding another achievement to her resume as the anchor of  CNN’s Inside Politics from 8-9 a.m. ET on Sundays, beginning January 24. Phillip will replace John King, who will continue to host the segment during the weekday. Phillip has also been named the network’s senior political correspondent. She shared news of her new role with her Twitter followers.

Phillip also shared the news on her Instagram page, writing, “Five years ago today I was on the Inside Politics roundtable with my friend @johnkingcnn,” she wrote in her caption … Read the rest