Aloha means goodbye for one former NBA player who tried entering Hawaii with shaky credentials. Lazar Hayward, who had about as much NBA success as you and I did, thought he could sneak a false negative coronavirus test by the state’s Safe Travels portal. He ended up getting dunked on and shipped back to the continental U.S.
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Prior to traveling from Los Angeles to Kauai with companion Raven Randle, Hazard uploaded fake COVID-19 test results into Hawaii’s Safe Travels portal, prompting an arrest. Hazard and Randle were using the fake test results as a way to avoid Hawaii’s mandatory 10-day quarantine, which is required for visitors who don’t show proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of arrival.
Once officials noticed the documents were falsified, Hazard, 34, and Randle, 33, were arrested when they landed. They have been charged with unsworn falsification. Hawaii News Now reported that the duo were released, driven back to Lihue Airport and put on a direct flight back to Los Angeles.
Hazard’s stay in the Aloha State was about as brief as his NBA career. He was selected by Washington with the 30th pick in the 2010 draft then immediately traded to Minnesota. The 6’6 Hayward played just 72 total games over three seasons. He averaged a slim three points and one rebound per game, bouncing between stints with the Timberwolves and Thunder.