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Raptors’ Chris Boucher apologizes for breaking coronavirus protocol

Chris Boucher, Raptors

Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher apologized Monday for apparently breaking the team’s mandated self-quarantine.

Raptors reporter Blake Murphy shared a screengrab of the apology from Boucher’s Instagram story.

“While I have tested negative for COVID-19, it was never my intention to endanger our community – I recognize my mistake and have remained self-quarantined since,” Boucher wrote.

Boucher’s message comes after he faced some criticism from the Raptors community for going grocery shopping at a downtown Toronto Loblaws last Thursday — one day after the league ordered the team into self-isolation after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

Toronto faced Utah on March 9, and the entire team and staff were promptly tested. Fortunately, all the tests came back negative.

As Murphy pointed out, Boucher violated the self-quarantine before the negative test result.  CityNews first reported on the photo of Boucher in a long checkout line at Loblaws.

The Raptors organization acknowledged Boucher was in the photo, and said he was asymptomatic at the time.

“He has been told to self-monitor for any symptoms. However, he broke protocol. He is extremely regretful,” the team said in a statement.

In his third season, the Canadian-born Chris Boucher had been putting up 6.3 points in 13.2 minutes per game off the bench in 55 appearances for the defending champions. The team currently sits at no. 2 in the Eastern Conference at 46-18, though it remains to be seen whether the Raptors will be able to enjoy that or not given the current situation in the league and in the word.