Karl-Anthony Towns announces that he has signed COVID-19.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star said on his social media that he received the positive test before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night (January 15), which has now been postponed.
"I pray every day that this virus nightmare will subside and I ask everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all necessary precautions," Towns wrote in his IG post. "We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it has to be a group effort by all of us."
Towns says he will immediately isolate and follow COVID protocols.
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Last year, the NBA star lost his mother to complications from Covid-19, as well as his uncle and five other members of his family. His father also contracted the virus, but recovered.
"It breaks my heart that my family, and especially my father and sister, continue to suffer the anxiety that comes with this diagnosis as we know all too well what the bottom line might be," Towns said. "I promise my niece and nephew, Jolani and Max, that I won't end up in a box next to Grandma and hit that."
Due to constant contact tracing within the team, the Timberwolves do not have the eight available players required in the league to take action against the Grizzlies.
Twelve games have been postponed since Sunday, and a total of 13 have been postponed since the season started on December 22nd.