New York mayor slams Nets for getting coronavirus tests ahead of 'the sick'

Written By Sacha Pisani
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Bill de Blasio said "tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick" as the New York City mayor criticized the Nets amid the coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio took to social media after the Nets announced four players tested positive for COVID-19, including injured superstar Kevin Durant.

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Durant's positive test comes after Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell contracted the virus, which continues to disrupt sports around the globe.

De Blasio questioned the Nets as the world struggles to contain coronavirus, with at least 7,900 deaths.

"We wish them [Nets] a speedy recovery," De Blasio wrote in a tweet. "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.

"Tests should not be for the wealthy, but for the sick."

In response to testing criticism, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass told ESPN: "Public health authorities and team doctors have been concerned that, given NBA players' direct contact with each other and close interactions with the general public, in addition to their frequent travel, they could accelerate the spread of the virus. Following two players testing positive last week, others were tested and five additional players tested positive.

"Hopefully, by these players choosing to make their test results public, they have drawn attention to the critical need for young people to follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations in order to protect others, particularly those with underlying health conditions and the elderly."

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