NFL Week 1 begins; NBA probes Danuel House violation

The NFL is back.

Thursday night, the league will kick off its season when the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans and about 16,000 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.

NFL kicks off with Chiefs-Texans

Fans attending the first game of Patrick Mahomes’ and the Chiefs’ title defense will only be able to tailgate in the vicinity of their own vehicle before the 7:20 Central Time kickoff. They’ll park and enter in designated zones designed to limit the number of people who interact with each other. Fans will also only be able to access bathrooms and concessions in those zones — but yes, concession stands are open.

Fans in the suite level of Arrowhead Stadium must take a saliva test before the game, which the team sent to them. Inside the stadium, they’ll be required to wear their masks at all times except when eating or drinking.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Chiefs and Jaguars are the only two teams allowing fans into Week 1 games, and they’re both experiencing some trouble selling out even a diminished number of tickets for their games.

Danuel House in bubble limbo

Rockets forward Danuel House was scratched from Houston’s Game 3 loss to the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday evening, but the team did not explain why. He and center Tyson Chandler missed the game for “personal reasons.”

It turns out House is under NBA investigation for a violation of league coronavirus safety rules. Yahoo Sports reports that he let a coronavirus testing official into his hotel room. The report specified that the official in question is female, but offered no further details.

House is currently in quarantine and his availability for the rest of the series, which the Rockets trail 2-1, is in question as the league investigates.

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House Panel Probes Postmaster General DeJoy Over Donations

WASHINGTON—The House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy following published allegations that he reimbursed employees of the logistics company he ran after they made campaign contributions to Republican politicians, a practice barred by federal election law.

In announcing the probe, committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D., N.Y.) called for the Postal Service’s board of governors to immediately suspend Mr. DeJoy over the allegations. She also alleged Mr. DeJoy may have lied under oath during recent congressional hearings in responding to questions about reimbursements.

A personal spokesman for Mr. DeJoy, Monty Hagler, said in a statement that the postmaster general was never notified by employees of his former company, New Breed Logistics, that they might have felt pressured to make donations, and that Mr. DeJoy believes all campaign fundraising laws and regulations should be followed. The statement didn’t address the issue of reimbursements.

Mr. Hagler didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday about the House Oversight Committee’s investigation.

Mr. DeJoy, a Trump donor and GOP fundraiser, was named to lead the U.S. Postal Service this spring by the Postal Service Board of Governors, whose members were appointed by the president. He served as the chief executive of New Breed Logistics, a North Carolina logistics and supply-chain services provider, for about three decades before it was sold in 2014 to

XPO Logistics.

The Washington Post on Sunday reported that five employees of Mr. DeJoy’s former business said they had been urged by Mr. DeJoy or his aides to make campaign donations or attend fundraisers he was hosting. Some former employees said Mr. DeJoy subsequently arranged bonus payments to such employees, essentially reimbursing them for all or part of their donations. The Wall Street Journal hasn’t confirmed the allegations in the Post report.

Joe Hauck, a former longtime senior employee at New Breed Logistics, said in an interview with the Journal that he used to invite employees to political fundraisers being hosted by Mr. DeJoy. He rejected allegations that employees were pressured or that bonuses were tied to donations.

“I wouldn’t even say I would regularly ask for donations,” he said. “The way I would put it is, I would regularly advise people that there was an upcoming event.” He added: “Some people weren’t interested. That was fine.”

The issue of donations came up in recent congressional hearings. Rep. Jim Cooper (D., Tenn.) asked Mr. DeJoy if he had reimbursed employees for donations to President Trump’s 2016 campaign. Mr. DeJoy called the notion an “outrageous claim” and said he didn’t reimburse executives for any donations to the Trump effort. The Post article describes reimbursements related to other GOP campaigns between 2003 and 2014, but no donations in the 2016 campaign.

Federal election laws ban the practice of reimbursing employees for donations to evade limits on campaign contributions, known as a straw-donor scheme.

Ahead of the Post report, Democratic lawmakers had targeted Mr. DeJoy over a range of concerns related to postal delays, including

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