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Tracking coronavirus in sports: Georgetown HC Ewing tests positive

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing objects after a referee's call during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against St. John's in the first round of the Big East men's tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The spread of coronavirus has impacted the sports world in more ways than one. Unfortunately, many of those who work in the industry have tested positive themselves.

The postponement of sporting events was meant to prevent the spread of the virus, but COVID-19 has nonetheless reached players, coaches and staff of various teams.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert testing positive for coronavirus was only the first shoe to drop, and more positive tests have been reported since then.

Here’s a list of those in the sports world — that we know of — who have tested positive for the virus as the health and wellness of people around the world is at stake:

Georgetown head coach, Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing

Ewing released a statement on May 22 that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”

Ewing’s son, Patrick Ewing Jr., posted on Twitter May 25 that his dad was home from the hospital and was getting better.

Former Coyotes enforcer Georges Laraque

Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 43-year-old Laraque made the announcement on social media April 30 in a post showing him in a hospital gown.

“I guess I’m not invincible, just got diagnosed with Covid, since I’m asthmatic, not the best news, will fight it off!” Laraque said.

Laraque played 12 seasons in the NHL, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Former Suns guard Leandro Barbosa

In an interview with the New York Times’ Marc Stein, Barbosa revealed he had COVID-19 and found out on March 21.

“That night was the worst night of my life,” Barbosa said, referring to March 17, when coronavirus symptoms hit him the hardest after an evening practice with his team.

“Really, I felt that I was going to die, my man,” Barbosa said. “I was having a crazy fever. My head was extremely bad. My nose felt like it was closed, but it wasn’t closed. I was feeling a lot of pain in my back — I couldn’t find a position to lay down.”

Barbosa’s wife was 38 weeks pregnant, so doctors decided for the baby’s safety that they would induce labor right away. Barbosa watched the birth through FaceTime and spent two weeks quarantined away from his family. Barbosa’s wife did have the virus while the baby did not.

Their daughter, Isabella, is healthy and recently celebrated her one-month birthday.

Denver Broncos — LB Von Miller 

Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller is confirmed positive for coronavirus, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported via Miller’s agent. Miller was resting at home and was expected to speak publicly on Friday, Rapoport added.

Los Angeles Rams — C Brian Allen tests positive

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer reported Wednesday that Los Angeles Rams Center Brian Allen tested positive for coronavirus three weeks ago and again last week. Glazer said Allen lost all sense of sense of smell and taste. He’s now symptom-free and is expecting to be cleared later this week.

Los Angeles Chargers — One member of organization, possibly more

One member of the Los Angeles Chargers organization has tested positive for the coronavirus and two others have shown symptoms, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Owner Dean Spanos, general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Anthony Lynn were not among the group in question, Schefter added.

Tom Dempsey, former NFL player

Former New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey died late Saturday while struggling with complications from coronavirus.

Ottawa Senators — Three more players, plus one unidentified

Four more Ottawa Senators personnel tested positive for coronavirus, the organization announced Wednesday. Three of those individuals were players, Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt reported. The four are in addition to two players who previously tested positive. All who tested positive have since recovered, the organization said.

New York Knicks — owner James Dolan

The Knicks announced on Saturday night that team owner and Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus. He is experiencing “little to no symptoms” and will continue to oversee business operations while in self-isolation.

Colorado Avalanche — A second unidentified player

The Avalanche announced Saturday that a second player tested positive for the coronavirus. A statement from the organization said he is in self-isolation. Other players and staff who may have come in close contact with him have been informed and are isolated.

Colorado Avalanche — Unidentified player

The Avalanche announced Thursday that a player tested positive for COVID-19. The organization’s statement said the player has recovered and is back to normal.

Jason Collins, former NBA player

Former Nets big man Jason Collins, who also played for five other teams, announced Tuesday that he has coronavirus.

Ottawa Senators — A second player

The Ottawa Senators announced that a second player had test positive for the virus.

Boston Celtics — One player

The Celtics announced Thursday that a player tested positive.

Guard Marcus Smart later announced that he is the player. He was cleared of the coronavirus March 27, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Los Angeles Lakers — Two players

Charania reported March 19 that two members of the Lakers tested positive.

The Lakers first got tests done in response to other organizations having players test positive who they had recently played.

Charania notes that more Lakers players might now get tested following the news.

Philadelphia 76ers — Three people

A statement from the Sixers said “certain individuals” in their organization, including players, coaches and staff, were tested. Three results came back positive for COVID-19.

New Orleans Saints — Head coach Sean Payton

Saints head coach Sean Payton told ESPN he has coronavirus and then acknowledged it on his own twitter account.

Denver Nuggets — Member of the organization

The team announced that a member of the Nuggets organization tested positive for COVID-19. They were symptomatic and in self-isolation.

Cincinnati Reds — Arizona-based staff member

The Cincinnati Reds acknowledged March 18 that an Arizona-based employee tested positive. The Reds have their spring training facility in Goodyear, just west of Phoenix.

Ottawa Senators — Unidentified player

The Senators announced March 17 that a player tested positive for COVID-19. The player’s identity was not revealed. One of Ottawa’s last games before the NHL paused its season was on March 7 at San Jose — the building where an employee tested positive as well.

Brooklyn Nets — Kevin Durant and three others

The Nets announced on March 17 that four of their players had tested positive for coronavirus, and that one was showing symptoms while the other three were not. One of those players was revealed to be star Kevin Durant.

San Jose Sharks — Unidentified arena employee

On March 12, the San Jose Sharks revealed that a part-time employee at their home arena, the SAP Center, had tested positive for COVID-19. “We have been informed that this employee is recovering and feeling better,” their statement said.

Detroit Pistons — Christian Wood

The Pistons’ Christian Wood tested positive, Charania reported on Saturday, March 14. “Sources say Wood has shown no symptoms and is doing well,” Charania wrote.

Utah Jazz — Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell

Gobert’s positive test rocked the sports world when it delayed the start of an NBA game and was immediately followed by the league suspending operations immediately on March 11. That turning point soon led to the postponement or cancellation of just about every major professional North American sports league.

Gobert’s teammate Mitchell also reportedly tested positive for the virus.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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