ESPN is reporting that NBA star Kevin Durant has tested positive for COVID-19. Three of his teammates on the Brooklyn Nets are also battling the coronavirus disease.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant said, according to the network. “We’re going to get through this.”
Multiple Brooklyn Nets infected
The team has yet to identify which Nets players have the disease, but ESPN contributor Adrian Wojnarowski has cited anonymous sources in naming Durant as among them.
According to these sources, only one of the individuals was actually symptomatic. The tests were conducted on Tuesday by a private facility when the symptomatic player began experiencing body aches.
“All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff,” a statement released by the team read.
The statement added: “The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization, and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible.”
Cases mount across NBA
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that he “saw that news” regarding the Nets players who had come down with the illness. The diagnosis came in the wake of a game between his team and the Brooklyn squad.
“I’m hoping none of our players went and hung out with guys the night before our game,” Kerr said. “I don’t know if that’s the case or not.”
The four Nets players are not the first NBA players to have contracted the coronavirus. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz have also been infected, as is Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons.
Consequences of carelessness
Gobert made headlines last week when video footage emerged of him smiling as he touched reporters’ microphones and other devices at a press conference.
“Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings,” Wojnarowski tweeted last Thursday. “Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.”
After subsequently testing positive, Gobert apologized for his actions, and in a video, Gobert said he wishes that he had taken the situation “more seriously,” The Guardian reported.