Mar 17, 2020 - Sports

Kevin Durant among 4 Brooklyn Nets to test positive for coronavirus

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Four Brooklyn Nets players tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the NBA team announced in a statement Tuesday.

The state of play: One of the four players is exhibiting symptoms, and the others are asymptomatic. All, including Kevin Durant, are currently self-isolating, along with the rest of the team and travel party.

  • "The organization is currently notifying anyone who had known contact with the players, including recent opponents," the statement read.
  • The names of the four players were not publicly shared in the team release, however Durant spoke out about his condition with The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The big picture: The NBA already suspended its season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the virus last week.

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The NBA suspended all games Wednesday evening until further notice in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak after a Utah Jazz player returned a positive result for the virus in a preliminary test.

Why it matters: It's the latest in a wave of event cancellations as organizations seek to limit large gatherings over the global pandemic.

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Why it matters: The global nature of American professional sports represents our shrinking world, increased diversity and the melting pot of cultures that this country was built on, but right now, as with everything else, it's hard not to look at this through the lens of the coronavirus.

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New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus

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The New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton announced on Thursday that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, ESPN reports.

Why it matters: Payton is the first known figure in the National Football League (NFL) to test positive for COVID-19. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been hit by the virus, with multiple players testing positive.

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