Saints coach Pay­ton tests pos­i­tive

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - Sports -

NEW OR­LEANS —

New Or­leans Saints head coach Sean Pay­ton learned Thurs­day that he has tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus, he told ESPN.

Pay­ton is the first em­ployee of ei­ther an NFL team or the league to make such a di­ag­no­sis pub­lic. He told the net­work that he came for­ward to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to ed­u­cate them­selves about what they can do to help fight the pan­demic.

The 56-year-old coach said he has been rest­ing com­fort­ably at home in self-quar­an­tine.

“I was for­tu­nate to be in the mi­nor­ity, with­out the se­ri­ous side ef­fects that some have. I’m lucky,” Pay­ton told ESPN. “Younger peo­ple feel like they can han­dle this, but they can be a car­rier to some­one who can’t han­dle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s im­por­tant for ev­ery one of us to do our part.” com­pen­sate those play­ers dur­ing the post­poned por­tion of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Mi­nor lea­guers will re­ceive their al­lowances — usu­ally $100-400 per week — from teams in a lump sum. The pay­ments will cover al­lowances due start­ing Thurs­day through the pre­vi­ously sched­uled end of spring train­ing. fa­cil­i­ties in­def­i­nitely.

Smart re­vealed that he tested pos­i­tive and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers said two of their play­ers tested pos­i­tive as well, bring­ing the num­ber of play­ers who have ac­quired the virus to 10. The Philadel­phia 76ers said three mem­bers of their or­ga­ni­za­tion tested pos­i­tive and the Den­ver Nuggets said some­one within their fran­chise was pos­i­tive as well.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, the NBA sent a memo to teams telling them to close their train­ing and prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties to all play­ers and staff — plus rec­om­mend­ing that play­ers “take ag­gres­sive mea­sures to avoid con­tact with oth­ers and re­main home as much as pos­si­ble, leav­ing only for es­sen­tial ac­tiv­i­ties.” self-iso­la­tion: Men’s basketball play­ers, coaches and staff at Siena Col­lege, Illi­nois-Chicago and Wright State are self­iso­lat­ing as a pre­cau­tion af­ter two of­fi­cials who called the school’s games tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

The two of­fi­cials were not iden­ti­fied.

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