No Wall for Wizards

Not enough room in Wash­ing­ton bub­ble

New York Daily News - - SPORTS -

John Wall will not join the Wash­ing­ton Wizards for the re­sump­tion of the NBA sea­son this sum­mer, end­ing the chances of the five-time All­Star guard play­ing his first game since 2018.

Gen­eral man­ager Tommy Shep­pard ef­fec­tively ruled out Wall re­turn­ing this sea­son when he said Mon­day the 29year-old wouldn’t be part of the Wizards’ trav­el­ing party to Cen­tral Florida. Among the fac­tors in the de­ci­sion was a cap of 35 peo­ple per team in the quar­an­tined bub­ble at Walt Dis­ney World. The COVID-19 pan­demic also hin­dered Wall’s progress in his re­hab from mul­ti­ple surg­eries.

“He def­i­nitely lost all the bas­ket­ball gains that he had made,” Shep­pard said on a video call with re­porters. “He’s got to fo­cus on what he’s got to do, but hav­ing some­body go into that bub­ble that’s not go­ing to play, that’s just more peo­ple go­ing into the bub­ble.”

Wall hasn’t played an NBA game since De­cem­ber 2018. Surgery for bone spurs in his left heel ended that sea­son; while he was work­ing his way back from that, he tore his left Achilles ten­don and needed an­other op­er­a­tion in 2019.


The Jets are of­fer­ing fans re­funds or pay­ment de­fer­rals on sea­son tick­ets this year be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The team be­gan email­ing sea­son-ticket hold­ers Mon­day to alert them about their op­tions. The Jets also are de­fer­ring sea­son-ticket pay­ments for July, as they have done each of the last three months.

Jets sea­son-ticket hold­ers will have the op­tion to get a full re­fund on 2020 tick­ets or de­fer all pay­ments to­ward the 2021 sea­son. Sea­son-ticket hold­ers who choose one of those op­tions can also opt to keep their same seats in 2021.

Also, sea­son-ticket hold­ers with per­sonal seat li­censes who opt for the de­ferred pay­ment or re­fund on tick­ets will be able to de­fer their PSL pay­ment, which is due in Novem­ber, to Novem­ber 2021.


Pros­e­cu­tors charg­ing Pa­tri­ots owner Robert Kraft with twice buy­ing sex from mas­sage par­lor pros­ti­tutes will at­tempt to save their case this week by ar­gu­ing to an ap­peals court that his rights weren’t vi­o­lated when po­lice se­cretly video-recorded him.

Pros­e­cu­tors will tell the Florida Fourth Dis­trict Court of Ap­peal dur­ing an on­line hear­ing to­day that a county judge erred when he in­val­i­dated the Jan­uary 2019 search war­rant al­low­ing po­lice to in­stall se­cret cam­eras at Or­chids of Asia spa as part of an al­leged sex traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The judge said the war­rant didn’t suf­fi­ciently pro­tect the pri­vacy of in­no­cent cus­tomers who re­ceived le­gal mas­sages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as tes­ti­mony about what they showed. If the rul­ing stands, it will deal a fa­tal blow to the pros­e­cu­tion’s case.


The NHL says a to­tal of 26 play­ers have re­ported test­ing pos­i­tive for the new coro­n­avirus since vol­un­tary work­outs be­gan June 8.

Mon­day’s up­date in­cludes four ad­di­tional cases among those tested at team fa­cil­i­ties, to go along with the 11 an­nounced June 19. The league says it’s aware of 11 other play­ers test­ing pos­i­tive out­side the vol­un­tary work­out pro­to­col.

The NHL said more than 250 play­ers who worked out at team fa­cil­i­ties were ad­min­is­tered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests.

The league and play­ers are in the fi­nal stages of agree­ing to resume the sea­son. Train­ing camps can open as early as July 10 if an agree­ment on test­ing, health and safety pro­to­cols and “hub” ci­ties to host the games can be reached.


John Wall’s come­back suf­fers set­back dur­ing NBA hia­tus and star guard will not be in Or­lando.

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