Houston Rockets forward Danuel House Jr. has left the NBA “bubble” after the league’s investigation and will not return.
The NBA issued the following statement about House:
“The NBA has concluded its investigation of a recent violation of campus health and safety protocols. The findings are that: (i) Houston Rockets forward Danuel House had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on Sept. 8 who was not authorized to be on campus. (ii) no evidence was found that other players or staff had contact with the guest or were involved in this incident.”
“Mr. House is leaving the NBA campus and will not participate with the Rockets team in additional games this season.”
House “vehemently denied” any wrongdoing to the league throughout the process.
“If it was a star player, there’s no way (the NBA) would handle it this way,” a person close to House told Ben Golliver of The Washington Post. “They want to make an example out of somebody.”
The Rockets were blindsided by this investigation into House and are currently down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.