WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Four NBA players from the Brooklyn Nets were infected with the coronavirus, and three are said to be asymptomatic.
- Nets Power forward Kevin Durant announced that he contracted the virus and is now in self-quarantine.
- Other NBA teams who played against the Nets earlier this month are also urged to observe and get tested when symptoms of coronavirus have manifested.
The Brooklyn Nets released a press statement on Tuesday, confirming that four players on its roster were diagnosed with coronavirus.
Currently, all these players are in quarantine and attended by the Nets’ healthcare team.
According to the team, three among the infected players didn’t have signs of the disease or are asymptomatic.
The Nets are now tracing and trying to connect with every person who had previously had interacted with those three team members, including recent NBA teams who played against New Jersey.
Before the COVID-19 issue has blown into a nationwide crisis this March, the Nets had games versus the teams San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, and Los Angeles Lakers
The Nets reportedly commissioned a private firm to conduct the coronavirus tests for their players upon their arrival from San Francisco.
While the Nets did not disclose the names of the players infected with COVID-19, power forward Kevin Durant announced later that he was tested positive, and he is asymptomatic as well.
Durant told Shams Charania of sports journalism website, The Athletic, that everybody should take care of themselves, and go on a self-quarantine. Durant is also confident that everyone will get through the health crisis.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles players are told to undergo 14-day self-quarantine immediately after their coronavirus test on Wednesday.
It was not the first time that the NBA reported that it had players tested positive for the coronavirus. Earlier, Utah Jazz starting center Rudy Gobert confirmed that he contracted the virus after his initial test results came in.
Gobert was the first NBA player to be infected with COVID-19, and this led to the decision by the league to cancel the rest of the season until further notice.
Only a few days after Gobert’s diagnosis, Utah Jazz teammate, Donovan Mitchell, has also confirmed infected by the coronavirus.
At present, both Mitchell and Gobert were feeling well and stayed in isolation as recommended by the health authorities.
Gobert appeared apologetic with his actions before contracting the virus and advised others not to take the crisis lightly.
Mitchell, on the other hand, confirmed that he is asymptomatic, but decided to stay in isolation to avoid infecting others.
On Saturday night, the Detroit Pistons had announced that one of their players has tested positive for coronavirus, although the team hasn’t disclosed any names as of this time.