Kendrick Perkins says athletes should not be above every day people for coronavirus testing
Retired NBA player turned basketball analyst Kendrick Perkins agrees that NBA players should not be given preferential treatment above everyday people who are also getting in line to get tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) ravaging the world.
Following confirmation that four Brooklyn Nets players also tested positive for the virus on Tuesday — which raised the total of infected players to seven — NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league is now pushing for all teams to receive coronavirus tests.
This has stirred controversy among the masses, particularly with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. He said that an entire NBA team should not jump the line in terms of testing, especially with critically-ill patients in hospitals still waiting for their turn.
Perkins discussed the sensitive issue with ESPN hosts Ramona Shelburne and John Ireland and said he sides with De Blasio on the issue.
“I actually agree with the mayor. Just because we’re athletes – that shouldn’t put us above everyday, hard-working people,” Perk said.
"Just because we're athletes – that shouldn't put us above everyday, hard-working people."@KendrickPerkins tells @ramonashelburne & @LAIreland he agrees with @NYCMayor's criticism of #coronavirus testing access https://t.co/lFLD88TuIk pic.twitter.com/eBdCczSDfZ
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The COVID-19 plague has already claimed numerous lives across the world, particularly the elderly who are deemed as the most vulnerable. NBA players, of course, are considered one of the most conditioned athletes in the world and have access to the best medical personnel around.
“I’m pulling it for the NBA family. But right is right and wrong is wrong. He (the mayor) made a valid point.” Perkins furthered.
The Brooklyn Nets players’ positive diagnosis, meanwhile, means that even more players may have contacted the virus apart from the seven recorded. Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christian Wood, and Kevin Durant are the four known cases, while the three other Nets players remain unidentified.