Nets defend testing players for coronavirus, cite use of private lab

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Several Brooklyn Nets players and staff were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, prompting the team’s traveling party to get tested for the virus, the team said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement from the Nets came on the heels of public outcry about NBA players having disproportionate access to scarce tests, when the general public — even those who are critically ill — are struggling to get tested.

On Wednesday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that eight full NBA teams have been tested for the coronavirus. china nike

“We wish them a speedy recovery. But, with all due respect, an entire NBA team should NOT get tested for COVID-19 while there are critically ill patients waiting to be tested,” de Blasio tweeted Tuesday. “Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick.”2

Typically, symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, a fever and body aches. In some patients — especially those who are younger — there are no symptoms at all.

The Nets said in their statement that they “sourced the tests through a private company and paid for them ourselves because we did not want to impact access to [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]’s public resources.”

“Using the results, we were able to take immediate precautions and strictly isolate the players who tested positive,” the statement continued. “If we had waited for players to exhibit symptoms, they might have continued to pose a risk to their family, friends and the public. Our hope is that by drawing attention to the critical need for testing asymptomatic positive carriers, we can begin to contain the spread and save lives.”

President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday about asymptomatic professional athletes getting tests while others are waiting and whether it was true that the well-connected go to the front of the line.

“Well, you’d have to ask them that question,” Trump responded. “No, I wouldn’t say so, but perhaps that’s been the story of life. That does happen on occasion. I’ve noticed where some people have been tested fairly quickly.”