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Known Sports Personalities Who Tested Positive for COVID-19

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The coronavirus outbreak has affected the entire planet.

Well, known personalities like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Olga Kurylenko, Luis Sepulveda, Daniel Dae Kim, Placido Domingo, and Andy Cohen have been infected. Popular world figures and politicians like Prince Charles, Prince Albert, Spain Deputy minister Carmen Salvo, Nigerian Presidential Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, US senator Rand Paul, Brazil National Security Adviser Augusto Heleno, Miami mayor Francis Suarez, Poland Environment Minister Michael Wos, and the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have also announced that they have contracted the virus. The world of sports is no exception.

The pandemic has caused the suspension of sports leagues across the continents and the cancellation of major sporting events all over the globe. But it’s not only sports events that have been impacted by the virus. The disease has also infected a handful of known sports personalities. Several professional athletes and at least one professional sports head coach have come out to announce that they have contracted the coronavirus.

Here is a list of known sports personalities who have tested positive for COVID-19:

COVID-19 in the NBA

Kevin Durant is the most prominent athlete who has tested positive for the coronavirus. Durant confirmed to The Athletic that he was one of the four Brooklyn Nets players who got infected with the virus. Durant’s announcement came after the NBA suspended its 2019-20 season following Rudy Gobert’s positive test.

Gobert’s Utah Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell was also confirmed to have the virus and the announcement of the Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood followed. Subsequently, Boston Celtics’ guard Marcus Smart and two unnamed players of the Los Angeles Lakers also tested positive for the deadly virus. After testing conducted on their players, the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets also revealed that they have three and one players, respectively who are confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.

Most recently, NBA broadcaster Doris Burke also announced that she had contracted the coronavirus. New York Knicks team owner James Dolan joined the list of casualties in the NBA community. Last week, NBA spokesman Mike Bass stated the number of NBA players who have been tested:

“Public health authorities and team doctors have been concerned that, given NBA players’ direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, in addition to their frequent travel, they could accelerate the spread of the virus. Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive. Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their rest results public, they have drawn attention to the critical need for young people to follow CDC recommendations to protect others, particularly those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.”

As of March 30th, here are the members of the NBA community who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus:

Player Team Diagnosed Update
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz March 11 Cleared on March 27
Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz March 12 Cleared on March 27
Christian Wood Detroit Pistons March 14 “Fully recovered,” per agent on March 26
Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets March 17
3 Unnamed Players Brooklyn Nets March 17
Marcus Smart Boston Celtics March 19 Cleared on March 30
1 Unnamed* Denver Nuggets March 19
3 Unnamed* Philadelphia 76ers March 19
2 Unnamed Players Los Angeles Lakers March 19
Doris Burke ESPN Analyst March 27
James Dolan NY Knicks Owner March 28

*Members of the Organization

Aside from the NBA, known personalities from other sports have also come out to reveal that they have contracted the coronavirus. Here are the more popular names:

  • Daniele Rugani, Juventus defender. Diagnosis announced on March 11
  • Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager. Diagnosis announced on March 12
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea winger. Diagnosis announced on March 12
  • Trey Thompkins, Real Madrid power forward. Diagnosis announced on March 12
  • Dusan Vlahovic, Fiorentina striker. Diagnosis announced on March 13
  • Unnamed Seattle Dragons (XFL) player. Diagnosis announced on March 14
  • Chris Kielsmeier, Cleveland State women’s basketball coach. Diagnosis announced on March 14
  • German Pezzella, Fiorentina defender. Diagnosis announced on March 14
  • Unnamed New York Yankees minor-league player. Diagnosis announced on March 15
  • Jorge Jesus, Flamengo manager. Diagnosis announced on March 16
  • Patrick Cutrone, Fiorentina striker. Diagnosis announced on March 16
  • Kozo Tashima, Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief. Diagnosis announced on March 17
  • Second unnamed New York Yankees minor-league player. Diagnosis announced on March 17
  • Victor Lange, PGA Tour golfer. Diagnosis announced on March 19
  • Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints head coach. Diagnosis announced on March 19
  • Paulo Dybala, Juventus player. Diagnosis announced on March 21
  • Enrique Bonilla, Liga MX president. Diagnosis announced on March 21
  • Second unnamed Ottawa Senators player. Diagnosis announced on March 21
  • Cameron van der Burgh, Olympic swimmer for South Africa. Diagnosis announced on March 22
  • Sydney Wiese, Los Angeles Sparks guard. Diagnosis announced on March 27
  • Second unnamed Colorado Avalanche player. Diagnosis was announced on March 28.