They covered all the bases.
Justin Turner, the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman who tested positive for coronavirus during the deciding game of the World Series and then went on the field afterwards to celebrate with his teammates, will not be punished for the dangerous move.
“I am closing this matter by applauding Justin for accepting responsibility, apologizing and making a commitment to set a positive example going forward,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
Turner, 35, apologized for his actions Friday afternoon in a statement released alongside Manfred’s.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone on the field for failing to appreciate the risks of returning to the field,” Turner said, adding that he’s spoken to almost every other member of the Dodgers organization since. “My intentions were never to make anyone uncomfortable or put anyone at further risk."
Turner said that he and his wife, Kourtney, returned to the field to take a picture together, expecting it to be nearly empty. Instead, the field was still packed with triumphant Dodgers, who the Turners proceeded to celebrate alongside.
Manfred said no one tried to stop Turner on his way out of isolation and that someone incorrectly told the bearded slugger other players had also tested positive. Manfred even admitted that MLB blew it, noting that a security guard should have been assigned to Turner and that he should have been transported out of the stadium.
“I will not make excuses for my conduct, but I will describe my state of mind,” Turner said. “Winning the World Series was my lifelong dream and the culmination of everything I worked for in my career.”
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