Sports | August 12, 2020 11:46 am

NBA Rules Prohibit Players From Bringing Instagram Models Into Bubble

Players must prove "longstanding relationships" with non-family members to get them in

The Pelicans and Kings during the National Anthem prior to the start of a game
The Pelicans and Kings during the National Anthem prior to the start of a game.
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A memo obtained by ESPN regarding guests entering the NBA’s “bubble” for the start of the conference semifinals later this month mandates that players must provide proof of “longstanding relationships” with non-family members to get them in.

Guests who are “known by the player only through social media or an intermediary” and those without “an established pre-existing, personal and known relationship” won’t be allowed into the bubble.

Translation: No Instagram models allowed.

Casual acquaintances “could create problems within your team – and maybe someone else’s too,” a team general manager told ESPN.

Each second-round playoff team has been allocated 17 hotel rooms for guests, and the earliest anyone from outside the bubble will be allowed in after clearing a seven-day quarantine process is on August 31.

Last month, Instagram model Anna Mya claimed she had scored an invite into the Orlando bubble by an undisclosed NBA player.

“I already got invited to the bubble,” Mya tweeted, according to a screenshot from the NBA Bubble Life account. “Yea the season definitely ending early.”

After some internet users called her a snitch, Mya fired back. “People calling me a snitch like it’s not known that they can have visitors in like 5 weeks. Well technically I didn’t know either until I got the invite,” she wrote.

Invited or not, it looks like Mya will be on the outside looking in once the NBA starts letting in visitors.

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