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MLB slams Dodgers’ Justin Turner for returning to field after positive COVID test

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the Globe Life field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behaviour that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.

The commissioner’s office said Wednesday that it is starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman.

The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor’s office off to the side, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.

WATCH | Justin Turner celebrates with Dodgers teammates after positive virus test:

Justin Turner was removed from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays after registering Major League Baseball’s first positive test in 59 days, but he returned to join the celebrations about an hour after the game. 2:16

Turner later returned to the field with a mask to celebrate the Dodgers’ title. He then took down his mask and posed for a team photo on the field.

“Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement Wednesday. “Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him. However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.”

Turner became a free agent when his $ 64 million US, four-year contract expired following the victory.

Turner’s agent, Greg Genske, did not immediately respond to a text from The Associated Press seeking comment.

On Wednesday, both teams were still at the Dallas area hotel where they had spent the World Series.

“Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers’ travelling party,” MLB said. “Both the Rays and Dodgers were tested again today and their travel back to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the appropriate authorities.”

Players’ association gathering facts

The commissioner’s office said it will consult with the players’ association as part of its investigation. The union was in the process of gathering facts on the events.

Turner hit .307 with four homers and 23 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened season and .293 (17 for 58) with three homers and six RBIs in the post-season, including .320 with a pair of solo homers in the World Series.

“Having a mask on and staying socially distanced, he want to come out and take a picture with the trophy, which can’t state strongly enough how big of a role he’s played in the success of this organization,” Friedman said.

“But I think for him, just being a free agent, not knowing exactly how the future is going to play out. I don’t think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out,” he said. “I think from at least my perspective and not watching it super closely with everything going on, but I think he was mindful of other people, especially other people that he hadn’t already been in contact with. This is something that we’re going to wrap our arms around tonight and in the morning and figure out where we’re going from here.”

Turner, however, was visible on the field without a mask during the celebration. And Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was nearby, also not wearing a mask.

“I haven’t seen the pictures,” Friedman said. “If there are people around them without masks, that’s not good optics at all. I haven’t seen them, so it’s hard for me to speak to it specifically.”

“But I think from our standpoint, I think the people who were around him were people that would be in the contact tracing web, anyway, with just how closely a lot of us have been around each other,” he said. “And so now I think the subsequent tests we’re going to take are really important to figure out what we do and to make sure that any of us that are potentially positive do not spread it to other people.”

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Toronto FC’s Justin Morrow heads up newly formed Black Players Coalition of MLS

Change is coming and Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow is helping lead the way.

The 32-year-old fullback from Cleveland is executive director of the newly formed Black Players Coalition of MLS, aimed at addressing racial inequality in the league and positively impacting Black communities across Canada and the U.S.

The coalition was announced Friday on Juneteenth, a day celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S.

“It’s been madness — in a beautiful way,” Morrow said of the round-the-clock efforts to form the group on short notice.

As it has been around the globe, the decision to band together was triggered by the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

“Right after the death of George Floyd, there were a lot of conversations going on between the Black players in the pool of Major League Soccer. But they were fragmented,” Morrow said.

“Although we were all thinking the same thing, we were having the conversations with our own groups. So we were able to start a chat that really got a group of guys together from different teams and from there we branched out to having 70 Black players on a Zoom call a week after the death of George Floyd.

WATCH | CBC Sports’ Jamie Strashin discusses increased activism among Black athletes:

Powered by protest, more Black athletes are speaking out against racism, but using their platform has limits. 1:46

“The Zoom call was just amazing. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. There was a lot of anger there, pain, amidst everything that was going on with the pandemic and the return-to-play negotiations and, of course, what happened to George Floyd. So guys were expressing that, but also expressing love for each other and support for each other.

“Just a lot of intense, passionate speeches happened in that call. And that’s really when we decided we needed an organization. And from there it’s just been a roller-coaster ride trying to get this thing together just to be announced today. But the way we’re looking at is it’s just the starting line and we still have all of the work ahead of us.”

The coalition board members are Ray Gaddis (Philadelphia Union), CJ Sapong (Chicago Fire), Quincy Amarikwa (formerly D.C. United), Kendall Waston (FC Cincinnati), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Bill Hamid (DC. United), Earl Edwards Jr. (D.C. United), Jalil Anibaba (Nashville SC), Kei Kamara (Colorado Rapids) and Ike Opara (Minnesota United) serving as board members.

“There will be change,” tweeted Morrow and the board members.

“It’s important that we use our platforms as professional athletes,” Morrow said in an interview. “We want to lead the change, specifically in Major League Soccer, because we don’t see the Black representation that we want to see at the coaching level or at the high executive levels. We don’t see that in Major League Soccer and we don’t see that in the MLS Players Association.

“So we want to see more of us and we have initiatives aimed at getting that done. We’ve already brought that to the league and so we’re in conversations with them about how we can make that happen together.”

A difference on both sides of the border

The coalition also wants to make a difference outside the league through targeted charitable donations and helping build up local Black communities on both sides of the border.

The fact that it took the death of Floyd to spur action leaves Morrow somewhat conflicted.

“I lament that a little bit,” he said. “Because obviously this wasn’t the first time that this happened. Not in the United States or anywhere in the world. We’d be blind to say that racism doesn’t exist everywhere in the world.

“And so we as Major League Soccer players can stand up to that because we have soccer players from all over the world that represent their countries. And so these are the types of things that we want to stand up for. And unfortunately we came about [after] the death of George Floyd, another Black man dead at the hands of a white police officer in the United States. And it’s something that we should have long before that.”

Morrow, a U.S. international whose father was a police officer, is in his seventh season in Toronto after beginning his pro career with four seasons in San Jose. One of the first names on the TFC team sheet, the Notre Dame graduate was an MLS all-star in 2012.

While the coalition says it is a stand-alone organization, it will partner with the MLS Players Association and MLS on racial issues, other initiatives and charitable donations. So far it says it has secured $ 75,000 US in charitable donations by the MLSPA on its behalf.

Morrow said the coalition will make voter registration a priority with November elections looming in the U.S.

He expects more talks among players as the entire league moves to Florida for next month’s MLS is Back Tournament.

MLS issued a statement in support of the coalition, saying it “proudly recognizes and supports” the group and called its members “influential change leaders.”

The MLSPA said it was “proud to support and stand with” the coalition.

“We are clear, however, that the change that is needed in our sport cannot come from the BPC alone, the association said in a statement. “Real change must come from within each one of us, and each of our organizations.

“For the MLS Players Association, this means listening, asking questions and internal reflection. It means re-examining our mission, our organization and our structure.”

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau self-isolating as his wife gets tested for COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are in self-isolation as she awaits COVID-19 test results.

Meanwhile, a meeting between Trudeau, the premiers and Indigenous leaders that was scheduled to begin in Ottawa today has been postponed indefinitely in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Having recently returned from a speaking engagement in London, U.K., the Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau began exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night,” says a PMO press release.

“She is self-isolating at home awaiting test results, and her symptoms have since subsided.

“The doctor’s advice to the Prime Minister is to continue daily activities while self-monitoring, given he is exhibiting no symptoms himself. However, out of an abundance of caution, the Prime Minister is opting to self-isolate and work from home until receiving Sophie’s results.”

The PMO said Trudeau is not planning to be tested at this time.

The statement from the PMO says Trudeau will speak to the provincial and territorial leaders by phone to discuss “collective action” to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The PM will spend the day in briefings, phone calls and virtual meetings from home, including speaking with other world leaders and joining the special COVID-19 cabinet committee discussion, the statement says.

The agenda of the now-cancelled First Ministers Meeting was to focus on economic issues, including the impact of tumbling oil prices on the national economy, the pressing need for critical infrastructure and the impact of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said experts have suggested the coronavirus could infect 30 to 70 per cent of the population.

Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced on Twitter he’s staying home because he’s “feeling unwell.”

“I have been in contact with a doctor and they do not believe I have symptoms consistent with COVID19. But their advice is for me to limit contact with the public until I am feeling better,” he tweeted.

As of midday Thursday, there were at least 137 presumptive and confirmed cases reported in Canada, with one death. 

Calgary has reported the first known Canadian case of a child testing positive for the virus, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan each announced their first presumptive cases on Thursday.

Across the country, concerts, conferences, sports events and other public gatherings have been cancelled.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has already arrived in Ottawa for the planned meetings, said today all Canadians must pull together to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

“Moments of urgency require us to put aside our differences, have each others’ backs, stick together as a country and reassure the people of Ontario and the people of Canada that we’re all in this together,” he told a news conference in the capital.

Yukon Territory Premier Sandy Silver had already cancelled his attendance at the meeting “out of an abundance of caution” and after a conversation with the chief medical officer of health in his territory.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs also questioned whether it was “prudent” for the country’s leaders to gather in one spot.

“We’ve actually connected with Ottawa and our colleagues and considering, can we do this on a video conference? Can we look at this another way? If we’re asking people to stay home, should we be doing the same thing?” Higgs said in an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics.

More to come

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