Dodgers’ Justin Turner Slammed for Celebrating World Series 2020 Win After Testing Positive for Coronavirus Mid-Game

UPDATE 10/28 3:30 p.m. ET: The MLB spoke out on Wednesday, October 28, after coronavirus-positive Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner came under fire for celebrating at the 2020 World Series.

“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,” a spokesperson for the league said in a statement to Us Weekly. “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.”

The MLB noted that its commissioner’s office has launched “a full investigation into this matter.”

Original story below:

Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner came under fire for celebrating his team’s 2020 World Series win on Tuesday, October 27, after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus mid-game.

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the lab that conducted tests informed the MLB during the second inning of Game 6 that Turner’s results from Monday, October 27, came back inconclusive. The lab later ran his Tuesday test, which showed up positive. The league called the Dodgers and said to pull the third baseman, 35, during the eighth inning. However, after the L.A. team won the championship series against the Tampa Bay Rays with a score of 3-1, Turner reunited with his teammates on the field and took photos, at times removing his protective face mask.

Dodgers Justin Turner Slammed for Celebrating World Series 2020 Win After Testing Positive for Coronavirus Mid-Game
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Robert and third baseman Justin Turner pose for a group picture after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6, in Arlington, Texas. Eric Gay/AP/Shutterstock

“Please stop exposing other people to a deadly virus! You may feel fine but they might not be so lucky,” one Twitter user wrote to the athlete. Another tweeted, “You were out there with the team and families and even took your mask off. Please explain. I hope you and everyone you exposed are fine, but you may have just ruined this lifelong Dodger fan’s World Series fun. Seriously, please explain yourself.”

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After his team clinched their first World Series title since 1988, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to Fox Sports about the backlash.

“All I know is that I had to take him out of the game [after] the seventh inning, which was crazy,” Roberts, 48, said. “He tested positive, and I don’t know if it was false-positive. I have no idea. He’s behind me right now … and he was in the team picture. I didn’t touch him just ‘cause I didn’t know.”

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Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner celebrates on field with the Commissioner’s Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball’s World Series Game six to win the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. JOHN G MABANGLO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Turner himself spoke out later on Tuesday, tweeting, “Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps.”

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ESPN reported that the Dodgers were given rapid PCR tests upon return to their hotel after the game. It is unclear whether they will be allowed to travel home from Texas, where they played on Tuesday.

Turner was the first MLB player known to test positive since the shortened 2020 season began in July.

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