Lazar Hayward, Companion Arrested for Using Fake Covid Test in Hawaii

Lazar Hayward, a former N.B.A. participant, was arrested in Hawaii final week for attempting to enter the state with a faux unfavorable Covid check, the authorities stated.

Mr. Hayward, a first-round draft choose in 2010, and a lady touring with him, Raven Randle had uploaded the faux paperwork onto Hawaii’s Protected Travels portal, the police on the western Hawaiian island of Kauai stated in a press release on Fb. The state requires unvaccinated vacationers to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival except they current a unfavorable Covid check.

The pair had been arrested on Sept. 28 quickly after that they had flown to Kauai from Los Angeles, the police stated. They had been instantly despatched again to California.

The Protected Travels system flagged the exams, which had been then investigated by the state’s Division of the Lawyer Normal earlier than the 2 had been arrested, the assertion stated.

Mr. Hayward, 34, and Ms. Randle, 33, are to look in court docket, however a date has not but been set. Telephone calls positioned to a quantity listed as belonging to Mr. Hayward weren’t returned on Monday night time.

Mr. Hayward, a standout participant at Marquette College, was the final choose in the primary spherical of the 2010 N.B.A. draft. He spent three seasons in the league, the place he performed for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder earlier than he was despatched to the N.B.A.’s improvement league.

Mr. Hayward and Ms. Randle traveled to Hawaii regardless of the governor’s request in August that vacationers keep away to ease the pressure on hospitals.

New infections in the state on Sunday had been lower than a 3rd of the quantity a month in the past, when the state reached a pandemic excessive, in accordance with a New York Occasions database. Fifty-eight p.c of the state’s residents who’re eligible for vaccinations are absolutely inoculated, which is above the nationwide common of 56 p.c.

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