Just over two weeks ago, news broke that Rockets guard Sterling Brown had sustained facial lacerations after being attacked at a Miami nightclub and having a bottle thrown at him. While the initial concern was for Brown’s health, which he would happily recover from, it did raise some concerns about whether Brown (or anyone else he was out with that night) had broken any NBA health and safety protocols.
The league’s investigation into the night concluded on Wednesday, and we heard that although the night out was seen as a breach, Brown’s teammate, Kevin Porter Jr., would only be fined for being out at the bar. Porter Jr. received a $50,000 fine, but Brown will not, since the league seems to have found it excessive to apply a fine to the injuries he suffered.
Given that both players were suspended, it’s a little strange that Porter Jr. was the only one fined, but the league and Rockets seem to be able to move on. Brown has still not played since the incident, as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury, and Porter Jr. was out for a week after the incident as he had to sit for 7 days and clear health and safety protocols with negative tests after the night out.