LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Third Dodgers base player Justin Turner is not penalized by the MLB for his behavior after a positive COVID 19 test at the 6th World Series.
MLB commissioner Robert D. Manfred issued a joint statement Friday with Turner and the Dodgers to investigate how the third baseman and his team could be photographed after winning the World Series 2020. Turner was born in the sixth. He withdrew from the race after the team informed him of a positive KOVID-19 test result.
We have all made mistakes in these unprecedented challenges and we have tried to learn from them so that they are not repeated, Manfred said in a statement. In this sense, I would like to end with an applause for Justin, who has assumed his responsibility, apologized and committed himself to setting a positive example for the future.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS… 27. OCTOBER Justin Turner #10 and the Los Angeles Dodgers pose for the photographer after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to win the MLB 2020 World Series at the Globe Life field 27-29 October. October 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Pictures)
According to Manfred, the league’s investigation revealed that Turner’s teammates had encouraged him to leave prison and return to the field because they already felt exposed and were willing to take additional risks. Turner also thought he’d gotten permission from at least one Dodger employee to participate in a team photo. At least two of the Dodgers’ employees said nothing to Turner while he was on the field, giving the impression that his behavior was acceptable, Manfred said.
The investigation showed that the chaotic situation on the field was exacerbated by the fact that the gymnasts were misinformed by a stranger that the other players tested positive, giving the impression that the gymnasts were isolated. Manfred also remarked that he should have appointed a guard to keep an eye on Turner when he was asked to isolate him and that he should have been brought to the hotel staff more quickly.
I’ve spoken to him personally and I know he’s very upset by this incident, Manfred said. It seems that Justin is the club’s leader, a member of his community and a responsible person who has conscientiously followed Dodger’s hygiene protocols throughout the season.
Turner, for his part, said the news of the positive test blinded him and his wife Curtney, who was also immediately removed from the women/family section of the stadium. He described watching the end of the game and celebrating with his teammates from the doctor’s office in the back of the club as surreal.
After waiting in the detention center while my teammates were celebrating on the field, I asked if I could go back to the field with my wife for a photo, Turner said in his speech. According to him there were only a few people on the field at that time and the team captains wouldn’t mind if he took a picture with his wife.
But what was supposed to be a photo that would capture both of us turned into a few greetings and photos where I briefly and recklessly removed my mask, Turner said. Looking back, I had to wait until there were other people in the field to take a picture with my wife.
According to Turner, he sincerely apologized to everyone on the field, to all his teammates, coaches and team members.
Stan Kasten, chairman and general manager of the Dodgers, said the team was committed to improving processes for future events after the ultimately unfortunate events with Turner, who was a role model for his teammates and advocated security measures that go beyond the league’s requirements.
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