D’Angelo Russell takes to Twitter to personally call out the NBA for being overprotective of their players against COVID.
Seems as though D’Angelo Russell has had enough of the NBA and their overcautious attitude towards handling COVID-19 scares across the league. The league has been hit quite hard over the past month with cases rising, leading to over 25% of the league being placed in Health and Safety Protocols.
The NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols revolves players being sidelined from the game for a minimum of 10 days. Depending on whether or not the player has been vaccinated, the restrictions on that player increase or decrease.
An unvaccinated player will have to undergo daily testing and be isolated from the rest of his teammates and staff until he returns a negative test. Vaccinated player can mingle with their teammates as long as they return a negative test.
D’Angelo Russell is teammates with Karl Anthony-Towns and so has seen firsthand what COVID could do if not looked after properly. Yet, he still feels as though the league is being a bit too stringent with their protocols.
D’Angelo Russell on the recent Health and Safety Protocols.
D’Angelo Russell kept it plain and simple on Twitter as he called out the NBA for placing way too many players in Health and Safety Protocols. “Hey NBA we should look into the NFL policy and panic less,” said the Timberwolves guard.
— D’Angelo Russell (@Dloading) December 24, 2021
The main difference between the NBA and the NFL’s policies on Health and Safety Protocols is the production of a negative test. The NBA requires players to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart from one another.
The NFL on the other hand, though it does require two negative tests, they do not have to be spaced out from one another with a 24 hours gap between them. They could be done back-to-back, reducing the amount of time it takes for a player to get back out on the floor.
Other differences also come with the simple fact that the NFL isn’t as cautious as the league when it comes to players having potentially interacted with someone who also may or may not have tested positive.
Safe to say that the NBA did rain on the Christmas Day parade with having marquee players like Kevin Durant and Trae Young out for their December 25th matchups.