Dallas Cowboys Player Ezekiel Elliott 1 Of Several To Allegedly Test Positive For COVID-19
An unknown number Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19, including Cowboys running back, Ezekiel Elliott, according to reports. It’s also believed that the players did not catch the virus in team facilities.
Ian Rapoport, the National Insider for NFL Network posted on Twitter Monday (June 15th) saying that the Cowboys star’s agent confirmed that he is feeling good.
Texas is said to be only 1 of 21 states that have seen an increase in the coronavirus average daily cases since the states have begun to reopen. With protests erupting nationwide and many states nearing Phase 3 of reopening, citizens are around each other much more without masks and without social distancing.
Ezekiel Elliott is one of the latest professional players to have tested positive for COVID-19. Kevin Durant, Patrick Ewing, players from the Philadelphia 76ers, and 2 players from the Los Angeles Lakers have tested positive for the virus.
Amid COVID-19 outbreaks, there has been much speculation and debates around the NFL and NBA teams returning to play next season.
The NFL has stated that the season will go on as scheduled but will have contingencies set in place should adjustments be deemed necessary.
The NBA is also scheduled to make a comeback with all players scheduled to report on June 21. Coronavirus testing will begin on June 22 with the beginning of the resumed 2019-20 season starting July 30.
Stephen Jackson, former NBA player and close friend of the late George Floyd, says the NBA should not continue its 2019-2020 season, citing that it will take attention away from the current fight for equality and the end of social injustice after the death of George Floyd.
Stephen Jackson said,
“I love the NBA man, that’s my family, but now ain’t the time to be playing basketball, now ain’t the time. Playing basketball is gonna do one thing, take all the attention off the task at hand right now and what we fighting for. Everybody’s gonna be worried about the playoffs, they gonna blast it all over TV and nobody’s gonna be talking about getting justice for all these senseless murders by these police and nobody’s gonna be focused on the task at hand. None of these white owners have spoken up. None of them are taking a stand. Yeah they might post a video when the season starts or saying what we should do, but they ain’t doing nothing. Playing basketball ain’t gon’ do nothing but make them money and take the attention off of what we fighting for, what we marching for. It’s bigger than all of us, it’s bigger than the game and it’s sad that we still gotta explain that to people. Sad.”
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?#StephenJackson who was close to #GeorgeFloyd says now is not the time to play basketball: It’s going to take all the attention off the task at hand & what we’re fighting for. None of these white owners have spoken up-none of them are taking a stand. Playing ain’t gon’ do nothing but make them money.?
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