Rio 2016 Olympics: Pau Gasol considering freezing sperm because of Zika concerns

Chicago Bulls big man and soon-to-be free agent Pau Gasol said he is considering freezing his sperm before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of concerns about the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects. In late May, Gasol said that he had to think about whether or not he would represent Spain in Rio because of the potential threat of Zika.

From the Associatd Press:

Gasol says "freezing sperm is one of the measures I have to consider."

The 35-year-old Chicago Bulls center has yet to commit to playing for Spain. Gasol has led Spain to two consecutive silver medals after losing to the United States in the 2008 and 2012 finals.

Last week, the partner of Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford said he would freeze a sample of his sperm because of fears of Zika.

His fear is perfectly understandable, and the mere fact he's talking about this shows that playing for his country means a lot to him. Spain will already be without Gasol's brother, Marc, who is recovering from a broken foot. Many athletes would surely just decide not to play rather than freezing their sperm so they can give it a go.

Pau Gasol does not look thrilled
Pau Gasol has a lot on his mind. USATSI
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