On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets announced that four players have tested positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday, Nets forward Wilson Chandler announced that he’s been banned from the common areas at his residence. He wrote on Twitter that his building manager called him and asked him to stay out of the lobby because “we can’t afford to lose our staff.”
Building manager called me saying “Oh, I seen Nets players had the virus. We would like to know your status. And if you could possibly stay out of the lobby etc. We can’t afford to lose our staff.”— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) March 18, 2020
He then shared some choice words about his building manager, whom he says didn’t bother to ask how his health was.
‘F--- this building’
“Didn’t even ask was I OK, one,” Chandler wrote. “And two, she didn’t ask me if I had been tested and if it was negative or positive. F--- this building man. I’m going home.”
He didn’t clarify what “I’m going home” meant. He then complained about delivery drivers being allowed in common areas with a parting shot for his building manager.
“Has to be 300+ ppl in this building coming and going,” Chandler wrote. “Plus Fedex and UPS delivers, Amazon, etc. F--- that lady man.”
Injured Nets star Kevin Durant announced on Tuesday that he was one of the four players to test positive. No other players identified themselves as stricken with COVID-19, Chandler included.
Tensions high in New York
With New York experiencing one of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, tensions are high in the city of more than 8 million residents as Mayor Bill de Blasio ponders a shelter-in-place order.
If enacted, the order would essentially bar residents from leaving their homes. For Chandler, who lives in Brooklyn Heights, that means he’d essentially be isolated to his apartment without access to common areas.
Of course for many, this is already a reality. Apartment buildings across New York and the country are shutting down common areas such as gyms and swimming pools in an effort to thwart the spread of COVID-19.
Chandler’s frustrations mirror those of countless others who are learning to cope with being isolated until the coronavirus pandemic is under control.
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