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Timberwolves release statement in show of support for Karl-Anthony Towns, mom

On Tuesday night, Minnesota Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns took to Instagram to post a video telling fans that his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, has been placed in a medically induced coma after she had contracted coronavirus (COVID-19).

Towns urged everyone to take the pandemic seriously and to stay indoors and self-quarantine if possible. The NBA star also encouraged the public to do the right thing to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“This disease is real,” he said. “This disease needs not to be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself,” Towns said in his video.

In response to Towns’ PSA, the Timberwolves released a statement on Wednesday regarding Towns, the video and his mother.

Not only has COVID-19 affected specific players like Towns and Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert but the pandemic has changed the course of the NBA as a whole.

Due to the pandemic, the NBA season, which was nearing its final stretch, has been postponed with many thinking that it may not come back for many months, if at all.

The virus has also affected pretty much every other major sport across the globe as many professional sports leagues have had to cancel events or suspend seasons.

Per the New York Times, cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have now surpassed 63,500 with the virus killing at least 897 people thus far. States such as New York, New Jersey, California and Washington have been the most heavily affected as of now.