Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams acknowledged he was grieving the loss of a mentor for weeks but his decision to stop and eat at one of his favorite places in these circumstances wasn't something wise. Williams was given permission to leave the bubble to attend a viewing but on his way back to the bubble he visited a gentleman's club -- the Magic City in Atlanta -- where he claimed to have stopped only for food.
Williams drew lots of negative attention to himself by his act and he was handed a 10-day quarantine after returning to the bubble. Williams missed the Clippers' opening two games, before he posted seven points, six rebounds and six assists in a 117-115 loss against the Phoenix Suns.
"In hindsight, I think as far as the public safety issue goes, I probably could have made a better-quality decision," Williams said after his first game out of quarantine, as quoted on ESPN. "I was a little naïve in that aspect.
I went somewhere after a viewing of somebody I considered a mentor, somebody I looked up to, first Black man I seen with legal money in my life." Williams said he was doing a routine thing and he never suspected it would become such a huge problem.
"It's been documented how much I talk about this place, how much I eat there," Williams added. "I just did something that was routine for me. I frequent that place at that time of day, 5:30, 6 in the afternoon.
"At the time, I thought I was making a responsible decision. After looking back on it, with everything going on in the world, the pandemic, maybe it wasn't the best-quality decision. I chalk it up as that, take my L and keep moving."
Williams feels for Montrezl Herrell
Clippers center Herrell is grieving the loss of his grandfather and he is currently on an excused absence. "I pray and I really hope these fans understand what Trez is going through while he's away, so when he come back, people don't have a lot to say.
Pat went through the thing with his family. I went through my thing. We're having real-life issues in the world. It's on front of a page to see the decisions you make outside of that. It's difficult. It's part of the landscape.
You understand that. People are going to say their things, they're going to print their things, imaginations are going to run wild. You deal with these things and keep moving."