The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays four games to two, capturing its first World Series championship win in 32 years. However, concerns were raised when a player who just tested positive for COVID-19 joined the on-field celebrations at the conclusion of the series.
Justin Turner, a 35-year-old third baseman for the team, was pulled mid-game after positive results were handed in but he gleefully returned to the field to join his teammates in a raucous, largely maskless celebration run. Naturally, Turner’s positive diagnosis of the coronavirus had many in sports media and outside of the realm criticizing Turner and the Team for allowing such a display amid a nationwide pandemic.
While Turner’s celebration makes sense considering he’s a Long Beach, Calif. native and helped bring the championship to his hometown’s backyard, it was a clear violation of MLB coronavirus protocols.
We’ve got reactions from Twitter to the moment at hand below.
Dodgers Player Returns To Field For World Series Celebration After Testing Positive For COVID-19 was originally published on hiphopwired.com
So... LAD Justin Turner tested positive for Covid during Tuesday's game and was pulled and told to leave by security. He refused. Instead, returned to the field to hug teammates, pose for pics. Later tweeted, "Can't believe I couldn't be out there to celebrate with my guys." pic.twitter.com/JaLLF31cGp— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) October 28, 2020
Just when you thought @mlb had gotten safely through the pandemic, a star tests positive, is allowed to play seven innings anyway, then returns to the field to hug everybody and pose massless in what is the most infamous team photo since the 1919 White Sox https://t.co/RTGqBbbJiw— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 28, 2020
Justin Turner attempted murder. pic.twitter.com/wigqmfKmN7— Shooter LMaCgavin (@LMac_1326) October 28, 2020
Justin Turner has Covid pic.twitter.com/3mDInllVtZ— Brent Terhune (@BrentTerhune) October 28, 2020
Juan Soto had to quarantine the entire month of July, miss summer training, miss his team’s WS banner ceremony, Opening Day & week+ of games. It cost him becoming youngest MVP in history. *And he never had Covid.— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) October 28, 2020
Meanwhile, Justin Turner just played in the World Series.😐 pic.twitter.com/Ru0xEEpqEt
The Dodgers and MLB let Justin Turner crash their World Series celebration carrying a deadly and contagious diaease. Now, they can only hope the moment was all that was sacrificed.— Bradford William Davis (@_beewilly) October 28, 2020
New from me: https://t.co/dRMyTsF8t2
After the Dodgers won the World Series, most of the questions for Andrew Friedman focused on how Justin Turner wound up on the field tonight after two positive COVID-19 tests after the game and, most importantly, stayed there after the team photo. This story won't be going away.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 28, 2020
Justin Turner went into isolation after finding out he had tested positive. He eventually returned to the field on his own accord.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) October 28, 2020
When MLB officials found out, they instructed security to get Turner back into isolation. Turner refused to leave.https://t.co/GbgOeFxKZA
Rob Manfred said Justin Turner was removed from the game in the 7th and “immediately isolated to prevent the spread” of COVID.— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) October 28, 2020
So how did this happen? pic.twitter.com/7967tswcpr