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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people across the globe are anxious to get tested in order to prevent further spread of the disease.
However, the Golden State Warriors have taken the high ground and decided to refuse testing altogether for the sake of people who need it more.
“We’ve been told that the testing is in short supply and we’re treating ourselves like people,” said Warriors general manager Bob Myers in an interview with The Athletic.
“We’re not better than anybody, not worse. Just a basketball team.”
This development comes in the wake of a new league issue after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the NBA for being able to quickly access COVID-19 testing kits while other Americans face long waits. (READ: NBA chief defends league over virus tests for ‘wealthy’)
Although NBA commissioner defended the league on this matter, the Warriors refused the tests nevertheless and instead focused on self-quarantining.
“Until a coach, player or staffer is symptomatic, they won’t test at all, in accordance with local and state government preferences,” read The Athletic’s report regarding Myers’ stance on the issue.
The Warriors likely dodged a bullet near the suspension of the NBA season as they were supposed to host the Brooklyn Nets in a closed-door game at the Chase Center last March 12, Manila time.
Nearly a week later, league star Kevin Durant and 3 other Nets players tested positive for the virus, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in the NBA up to 7.
To date, only a few NBA teams who came in contact with the first virus cases were tested for the virus. These include the Nets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers.
The Jazz, home to the first two known COVID-19 cases in the league, reportedly used up 20% of the allotted testing kits for the entire state of Oklahoma after just 58 tests, per a report by The Atlantic.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year, was the first NBA player who tested positive for the coronavirus last week. (READ: Gobert apologizes for ’embarrassing, inexcusable’ virus gaffe)
On Friday, 4 more NBA teams annouced they have players who tested positive for the virus. (READ: Lakers, Celtics, 2 other NBA teams announce coronavirus positives)
Commissioner Adam Silver said NBA players should be considered “super spreaders” of the disease. – Rappler.com