Kings learns that Jabari Parker has been spotted playing maskless tennis after a positive COVID-19 test


As the NBA return-to-play plan begins to accelerate, teams have started testing players for COVID-19 this week. This process revealed 16 positive tests, including three for the Sacramento Kings. Buddy Hield, Alex Len and Jabari Parker have all contracted the virus.

“Several days ago, I tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately isolated myself in Chicago, where I live,” Parker said in a statement. “I am progressing in my recovery and I feel good. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the field for the resumption of the NBA season. ”

He must be feeling really good because he would have spent time playing tennis in a Chicago park without a mask. In a statement to Sacramento bee, the Kings said, “We are aware of the report and we are collecting additional information. We have no further comments at this time. ”

According to the 113-page health and safety manual for the league, which was obtained by CBS Sports, those who test positive are expected to isolate themselves until they complete a required procedure. This process includes being asymptomatic, following CDC guidelines for resolution – two consecutive negative tests, at least 24 hours apart – and a medical evaluation and clearance by a doctor designated by the NBA.

The rules are quite strict, and for good reason. It is a highly infectious virus, and catching or transmitting it could be catastrophic, not only for the player and those around him, but potentially for the NBA’s plan to resume the 2019-20 season.

It goes without saying that spending time outside without a mask just a few days after announcing that you have tested positive for COVID-19 is not very good. At the same time, it’s hard to really criticize Parker without knowing all the details. It’s not clear when the photos were taken, or Parker’s health. He may have already been eliminated, but he just hasn’t joined the team yet.

Anyway, the best we can do is encourage each other to wear masks and hope everyone stays safe and healthy.


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