The NBA shocked basketball fans on Wednesday after they announced that they would be suspending the season until further notice after several Utah Jazz players tested positive for COVID-19. The Toronto Raptors have since revealed that players will be going into self-isolation for two weeks after coming into close contact with the player. The team states that they are "disappointed" about the circumstances.
On Thursday, the Raptors posted a statement in response to the NBA's decision. The team states that "while we are disappointed the NBA season has been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we completely support the league's decision."
While it has not officially been announced which players on the Jazz team have tested positive for the virus, reports claim that one was Rudy Gobert.
Gobert came into close contact with the Raptors during the game against the Jazz on Monday.
During this time, Serge Ibaka was regularly guarding the player, while OG Anunoby got into an argument with Gobert.
The Raptors have revealed that out of caution, all members of the "Raptors travelling party" are being tested for the virus, however, the team is still awaiting the results. Out of precaution, the players and staff have also been put into self-isolation for two weeks.
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"Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results," the Raptors wrote.
"Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines."
The release also states that since the players have come into contact with the coronavirus on Monday, they have made two public appearances.
However, Toronto Public Health states that there is no risk to those who were attending those public appearances.
"Since returning from Utah on Tuesday morning, team members have made two public appearances. According to Toronto Public Health, being in close contact with someone who does not have COVID-19, but was exposed to someone with COVID-19, does not constitute a risk for getting COVID-19 and does not require public health follow up," reads the statement.