The fact that the NBA resumes play in a bubble in Disneyworld feels like a fever dream a year later. While there were a handful of crazy stories that stemmed from that interesting time, one of the most memorable involved Lou Williams, who was playing for the Los Angeles Clippers at the time.
Lou Williams was on an excused leave from the bubble to attend to a personal matter, but soon after a photo of the then-Clippers guard with rapper Jack Harlow in Magic City, a gentleman’s club, quickly made the rounds on social media.
So apparently, Clippers guard Lou Williams left the NBA bubble to hang out with Jack Harlow at the Magic City strip club in Atlanta, according to a deejay at the famed strip club and a dancer friend we know. #louwilliams #jackharlow #nba #clippers pic.twitter.com/WP4z9sXvbZ
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Harlow tried to cover for his buddy Lou Will by claiming it was an old photo of them together. However, not many bought it and sources confirmed that the Clippers guard was indeed at Magic City for a quick visit.
Williams was photographed at an Atlanta gentleman’s club on Thursday night by the rapper Jack Harlow, who quickly deleted the post from his Instagram story. Harlow tweeted on Friday, “That was an old pic of me and Lou. I was just reminiscing cuz I miss him.”
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More than a year after the incident, Lou Williams has now been able to talk freely about the entire ordeal that kept him away from the team as the NBA bubble got underway. Williams mentions he was attending the wake of a father figure in his life, which the Clippers permitted him to attend.
“I came out the bubble, I got permission to go. Was COVID tested everyday. His wake was on Walker street, right by Magic City. We left the wake. We said we were gonna grab something to eat .. then head back to the bubble.”
“Then Jack Harlow walks in. This where sh-t kinda goes left. … Jack had recently got the number one record, the WHATS POPPIN record. So when I seen him, I was excited to see him. I was like, ‘bro, let’s take a shot. To celebrate the song or whatever’. And so as we were taking the shot, Jack say, ‘Yo, is it cool if I take a picture?” .. I said I don’t see a problem with it since we both got our masks on. We took the picture, it went out, and I think at that time we underestimated his celebrity.”
It was at that point where social media went crazy on Lou Williams ditching the Clippers to go to Magic City. The memes and the clowning went full throttle towards Sweet Lou, when according to his story, it was much more tame than it seemed.
“It just went viral. ‘Lou snuck out the bubble to go to Magic City and came back.’ I was trying to jeopardize the championship when I had permission to be where I was.”
The Clippers ended up falling to the Denver Nuggets in the second round after giving up a 3-1 lead. Had Lou Williams not had to delay his return with his club, perhaps things would have shaken out a little differently.