Indiana Pacers G Malcolm Brogdon announced today that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Here is a statement from Brogdon:
“I recently tested positive for the COVID virus and am currently in quarantine,” he said. “I’m doing well, feeling well, and progressing well. I plan to join my teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season and playoffs.”
Not having Brogdon would be a massive loss for the Pacers. In 48 games, the third-year player is averaging career-highs in points(16.7), assists(7.1), and rebounds(4.7) per game. Brogdon injured his quad in March, but he announced in April that he was healthy.
The 27-year-old Brogdon joined the Pacers last offseason in a sign-and-trade with the Bucks and signed a four-year, $85 million deal with Indiana.
The NBA s expected to get underway on July 30. Teams will arrive in Orlando on July 7.
Racism has been a huge topic in America after the death of George Floyd, who died last week after an altercation with police officers in Minnesota.
On Wednesday, Phoenix Suns C Aron Baynes gave his thoughts on racism.
“They say ignorance is bliss. I say bullshit. Ignorance is an excuse and a crutch my friends, and it is what will drag this world under if we’re not careful.
Trust me, I know what I’m talking about.
I grew up ignorant. I grew up uneducated. I grew up as part of the problem – part of the white majority in a small Australian town.
Don’t mistake me. I didn’t dislike any certain individual because of their race or culture. But I didn’t support them either, which was just as bad. I was a silent bystander. I did not have the knowledge or the will to stand up for those who were oppressed or marginalized.
I do not understand firsthand how a lifetime or generations of being oppressed feels. What I do know is it breaks my heart that people would judge my children, or any other child based purely on the colour of their skin. I now understand some of the fear, the anger, the helplessness and the resilience that is the fight for equality. As a father I care more about my children and their happiness than life itself. So Instead of just bottling it up and working towards a goal in my silent way as I have for most of my life. I want to let it out, breathe life into my beliefs through my words and speak on this issue
It was around the age of 16 that I was old enough to understand that racism came in all shapes and sizes. It could be loud and proud, but worse yet it could run as silent as the cool waters of a river quietly swallowing people up.
No matter what form it took or how clearly it presented itself, I realized the problem was systemic throughout society, and ignorance was not only part of the problem but also an excuse.
As I’ve grown older and I’ve earned great opportunity in life, I’ve worked to educate myself and become a better citizen to all people of the world.
As a father and as a man, I now know that I have a voice to be heard when I see injustice and I will not stand for it. Ignorance is not a crutch.
I’m usually a private person. Most people don’t know that my wife is black, and we have mixed race children. I am grateful for them as they have taught me as much about myself as I have taught them about the world.
I am instilling in them a love for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities. And when they are old enough to understand, it is my duty to educate them on the injustices and inequalities of the world.
Remember what I said about ignorance? Education starts at home and it can’t begin early enough. Our children must learn through words and action not to pass judgement on people based on their colour or background. Judge a man or woman on their character – integrity is afforded to all cultures but not everyone chooses to take it up.
As my four year old son told me yesterday, “Dad, I don’t always like you sometimes, but I love you forever in my heart.” People can change for the greater good, just as their dad has and continues to do.
There are many people much smarter, more poetic and more impactful than me who are speaking up. I appreciate the time you’ve given me to listen to my words in hopes that my lessons can be passed onto others to learn at an even younger age to push ignorance to the side and grab education by the horns.
The pursuit for equality is a global issue, a fight for our human race, our country, our community, our colleagues, our friends. I will do all I can within my own sphere of influence to make sure love, acceptance and understanding are paramount and that ignorance has no place. My family – my wife and my children – they are my world and I will not let the ignorant drag us under.”
Protests have rocked the United States after the death of George Floyd, who died after an altercation with police in Minnesota.
On Sunday, Suns head coach Monty Williams wrote a beautiful letter about the death of Floyd and more.
I’m angry. I’m afraid. And I’m in pain.
“When I read those words, I feel like I’m channeling one of my kids. These are the words of a teenager lost and looking for direction in a messed-up world, not the sentiment of an NBA head coach and former player.
We’re supposed to have all of the answers.
We’re supposed to be seen as grace under pressure.
We’re supposed to lead by example.
Still, I am angry, afraid and in pain. I don’t have all the answers, but I know the solutions start with love, listening, compassion, service and defending those who can’t defend themselves.
And I have definitely lost my cool over the years in the face of abject racism – dating back to my earliest memories growing up in Colonial Virginia – and likely more in the days to come.
I woke up this morning to our country on fire, AGAIN, and decided the least I can do as so many of us are gripped by anger, fear and pain is to lead by example. Allow my voice – filled with as much conviction as uncertainty – to be heard so that others, whether they have a platform or not, will lift their voices as well.
I pray for those we have lost but more personally for those who have lost – the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many before you. I know how it feels to get that call that someone you love isn’t coming home. The pit in your stomach. The unequivocal feeling of helplessness. Dropping to your knees and imploring God “why?” I feel your pain and can truly sympathize and empathize. I wish no one would ever have to receive that call again.
To my brothers and sisters from around the sports world, and in full transparency, help me. I’m looking for direction. I may not be the most profound or prolific – I know there are others with their own platforms out there telling yourself the same things – but we have an opportunity and I daresay, an obligation. How can we help each other find that direction?
I best sum it up in 1 John 3:17…
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
We have earned positions of wealth and standing in society. We certainly cannot stand idly by.
I’m distraught as I look at my boys – two are African American and one is Caucasian – because too many people see them differently. None of them should have to think about how law enforcement will treat them if pulled over for rolling through a stop sign. None of them should be followed through a department store by security. None of them should feel the sweat rolling down their back when a cop follows them for blocks. Alas, their worlds are different, and something is wrong with that.
Don’t misread me. I have as much respect for most law enforcement as I do disdain for some of the would-be protesters.
To those who have sworn to protect and serve ALL people regardless of color, religion or sexual orientation, I say thank you. We have an institutional problem with pervasive racism. It must end now.
To those who are using the façade of a protest or march by choosing to destroy and tear down, I challenge you to be better. As I tell my players, I’m not calling you out, I’m calling you up. Destruction of property and life is NOT the answer.
“It IS time to raze the institutional foundations of racism and segregation within politics, law enforcement and society at large. It must happen NOW.
Borrowing from C.S. Lewis, “you can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
We must be the change now.”