- Toronto Raptors vice-chairman and president Masai Ujiri have tested positive for COVID-19.
- The team hasn’t traveled outside Canada since they visited Indiana on Nov. 26.
Toronto Raptors vice-chairman and president Masai Ujiri have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ujiri announced the positive test in a news release issued on Thursday.
He said he tested positive after his Giants of Africa organization held an event on Sunday, in which some of the guests came back with positive COVID tests.
Ujiri said each one who attended had to show vaccination proof and wear masks when not eating or drinking. He said that he is double-vaccinated and has received a booster shot.
“I am at home, observing the safety protocols by self-isolating for ten days, monitoring for symptoms, and undergoing testing, and I encourage everyone who attended to please do the same,” Ujiri said.
“We do not want to stay in fear of this virus, but COVID is a persistent enemy. Together, we’ll defeat it.”
The Raptors canceled their practice Thursday for precautionary reasons.
On Wednesday night, the Raptors were coming off a 110-109 loss to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, the fifth game of a season-long seven-game homestand for Toronto.
The team hasn’t traveled outside Canada since they visited Indiana on Nov. 26. The Pacers also canceled practice on Thursday due to health and safety protocols.
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Toronto’s players and staff are now fully vaccinated, while the NBA has stated 97 percent of players and staff are fully vaccinated.
After many games were postponed last season due to COVID-19, no matches have to be rescheduled this season, despite a few players being removed for health and safety protocols. Chicago Bulls star Raptor DeMar DeRozan is presently out due to COVID-19 protocols.
Last weekend, the Charlotte Hornets placed four players — LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, and Terry Rozier — in four players.
The NBA’s health and safety guidelines require players to be sidelined for at least ten days or record two negative COVID-19 tests in 24 hours before they can resume basketball activities.
In late February, the Raptors were hit by a COVID-19 outbreak when they were playing out of Tampa, Fla.
Toronto was the team to play outside its market last season. Due to border restrictions, the team was forced to relocate due to the pandemic and municipal and provincial health and safety measures.
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