Sports COVID-19 isn't going away and neither are sports, oh and Justin Turner is an idiot
Yeah, the headline is a lot--but then again so is the topic when it comes to COVID-19 and the way its treated in sports.
For the most part--despite some of the headlines we've seen, most sports that have restarted have done a fairly good job working around the virus while still holding events.
Yes, every single major sport that has restarted has had issues; game cancellations, players sitting out, limited to no crowds have been the norm over the past several months.
But, the idea all of this is going to change, go back to the old normal in the next few weeks is arguably one of the most ridiculous things I've heard in a long, long time.
Just in the week I write this, Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence tested positive for coronavirus and has exhibited mild symptoms. He's expected to miss his teams game against Boston College and potential now exists he misses his teams game against Notre Dame the following week.
I wish young Mr. Lawrence the best and hope he recovers in enough time to play vs. Notre Dame--but I have concerns.
There are some already speculating Clemson will make sure Lawrence is cleared to play based on current protocols. One way or the other. That the Tigers will do whatever is necessary to have their star QB ready for "The Game of the Century part 2, this season in November".
While I've been accused more than once of being pretty cynical, I'm not willing to believe Clemson would allow an infections Lawrence to play, no matter how big the game is.
All of this brings me to Mr. Justin Turner and the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
By now, we know the story: the Dodgers beat Tampa 4 games to 2 and won the world championship.
During the game it was discovered that Turner's testing from the previous days ended up with a positive result.
Because of this, he was pulled from the game after the 7th inning and the assumption from most was going straight to quarantine at that time.
Well, that didn't happen.
Like every team that wins a championship, upon the last out, the Dodgers came flying out on the field to celebrate. With them, yup, you guessed it--Justin Turner.
Yeah, not a good look. Probably not a good idea (understatement)....
But in some regards, I get it. In the heat of the moment and the excitement of winning, sure, you could easily say he got caught up in the moment. It would be hard for ANY normal person in the same circumstances to not do what he did (yes, I know its still irresponsible)...
Impulsive or not, the move put his teammates and friends along with baseball officials at risk. No, it doesn't matter that he likely was asymptomatic and hasn't been sick himself. It's the idea of not acting like a grownup and realize he could get a lot of people really sick that is the issue with Turner.
Thankfully, nearly a week later, no Dodger or anyone part of the celebration has tested positive for the virus.
But...Major League Baseball being MLB has some blame here too. A lot of it.
It would not have been exceptionally hard for MLB to prevent Turner from getting on the field. It would not have been too difficult to remove him from the dugout and keep him clear of everyone.
But they didn't.
If indeed Turner was isolated then how hard would it have been to keep him off the field? Or in the locker room with everyone else? How hard would it have been to prevent this from being an issue?
Sure, hindsight being what it is, security probably should have done more than "raise the matter" before Turner returned to the field. But this sounds to me a little like MLB passing the buck.
Don't misunderstand, Turner is an idiot. There's no other way to phrase it. I get the excitement of celebrating with your "brothers" I really do.
At the end of the day, the only way to prevent the virus from spreading is to follow protocols. We may not like them or agree with them but there have to rules and they exist for the safety of not just you, but everyone around you.
And thus far, very, very few people seem to be willing to adhere to them. Just look at the reaction to wearing a mask in public. It's really not a big ask, but it continues to amaze me how many people refuse to do it simply because a politician told them they don't have to and that the virus is a hoax.
Without getting on my soapbox, I'll just say this---If you ever want things to return to the way they used to be, you are going to have to change your behavior now. Period.
If you aren't willing to do the little things required to limit COVID-19 while its still a problem, the problem isn't going to be wished away. I know a certain percentage of people will hold to the "made up by the media" theory pushed by those who are um, politically inclined.
If you want the ability to go to a sporting event, to stop conversations just like this to end. Behave this winter. Don't hang out in crowded rooms without wearing a mask. Don't gather in super large groups because you just want to see other people. When you go to the store--put the damn mask on, it's not going to kill you--or anyone else.
I'm done lecturing. Enjoy your week...