COVID Sports Daily: Usain Bolt positive, NFL rookie caught at college party after time on coronavirus list


    After a party to celebrate his 34th birthday last week, world-record holder Usain Bolt has tested positive for the virus, according to Jamaica’s health ministry. The party was reportedly “mask-free”.

    The sprinter hosted the party Friday and took his coronavirus test Saturday. He posted a video Monday on social media saying that the test returned a positive result, and he was self-isolating.

    “I’m having no symptoms so I am going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation, to see what is the protocol and how I should go about quarantining myself,” Bolt said. “Until then, I am saying anyone who has had contact with me should quarantine by themselves just to be safe, and just to take it easy.”

    Bolt holds the world record in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, winning gold medals in both competitions for three consecutive Olympics. (2008, 2012, 2016).

    Tennessee Titans first-round pick Isaiah Wilson was found at a Tennessee State party earlier this month, less than two weeks after being removed from the team’s coronavirus list.

    The rookie offensive tackle began training camp on the COVID-19 list, which denotes that he either tested positive or was known to be around someone who had the virus. Wilson was removed from the list Aug. 3, and the party was Aug. 15.

    “We’ve handled it,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Monday about Wilson’s situation. “I talked to Isaiah and the team, talked to him privately and continue to talk to the team and stress the importance of the decisions that we make outside the building as it relates to the people that we’re around because of COVID.”

    Mike Vrabel on how he proceeded after Isaiah Wilson’s reported incident at TSU… all I know is this is not a conversation I would ever want to have with Mike Vrabel:

    — Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that the Southeastern Conference’s main motivation for playing the fall football season despite the pandemic is not financial, arguing it is instead focused on providing the players an “opportunity.”

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    “Now, is it more important than public safety? No, I don’t think so,” Saban said. “Is there a way that we can do that and keep people safe? I think a lot of people are trying to do that, and if we can do that, I think we can play. If we can’t do that, then I think someone will make the decision that maybe we shouldn’t play. But I don’t think that we should not try.”

    — Former Seahawks rookie Kemah Siverand apologized on social media after he was caught earlier this month trying to sneak a female visitor into his hotel by disguising her as a fellow player. He said he’s reached out to Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider privately to say he is sorry.

    “I violated team rules, which would have been unacceptable in normal times, but absolutely inexcusable now during a pandemic,” Siverand wrote. “I understand my lapse in judgement put my teammates and the organization at risk, thankfully no one else was affected by my actions.”

    — The New York Mets will be back in action Tuesday, taking on the Miami Marlins in New York for a doubleheader. The Mets had a player and a staffer test positive for the virus last week while in Miami, forcing the postponement of one game against the Marlins and their weekend series against the Yankees postponed.


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