Kevin Durant’s ex-Thunder teammate arrested for falsifying Covid-19 docs
Another NBA name has made the headlines for reasons related to COVID-19, but this one is a little more serious than the conspiracy theories of Kyrie Irving. Lazar Hayward, who was a teammate of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 NBA Finals run, was arrested on Monday.
Hayward and a woman were arrested by Hawaii authorities on suspicion of falsifying documents about their vaccination status. Hayward, a former Thunder player, reportedly uploaded fake negative COVID-19 tests to a database, and was promptly arrested when he and the woman involved with him landed in Lihue Airport. The two were immediately sent on a plane back to Los Angeles. No court date has been set for the former Thunder player. (via Gigi Graciette, FOX News)
Authorities in Hawaii arrested Lazar Hayward Jr and Raven Randle for uploading falsified Covid-19 negative test results to state database. They then flew from Los Angeles to Hawaii where they were booked and immediately put on a plane back to LA. https://t.co/aNll32LjsM
— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) October 2, 2021
Yikes. Apparently, Hayward and his partner procured fake negative COVID-19 test results to avoid being quarantined. Most states require a quarantine of some kind for people entering a new location, as a preventive measure. The question is, why go through all this trouble faking a test when a person could just get the test for free? If a person tested negative legitimately, he or she wouldn’t have needed to quarantine AND wouldn’t have been arrested. It’s very irresponsible of the former Thunder player to go to these lengths to circumvent a rule meant to protect people.
Hayward’s most notable moment of his NBA career came when he was a part of the 2012 Thunder squad that made the NBA Finals. Hayward played only 29 total games for the team, averaging 5.4 minutes and 1.4 points per game in the regular season. Aside from his stint with the Thunder, he also played two seasons with the Timberwolves, along with stints on various G-League teams.