Saints HC Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus, encourages others to heed warnings and stay inside
The Saints coach is the first big NFL name to come forward with a positive diagnosis
The NFL has significantly altered its 2020 offseason in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and now it appears one of the league's biggest names has been personally affected by the virus. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the coronavirus. Payton, 56, came forward with his diagnosis to ESPN, Schefter added, "because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly."
Countless other leagues have seen the virus, an infectious respiratory illness, impact players and coaches. Kevin Durant is MLB's minor-league system -- have come down with the virus. But Payton's announcement, per Schefter, marks the first known case of COVID-19 in the NFL, which imposed new rules for 2020 free agency and April's upcoming draft as a result of the global issue.who have shared positive diagnoses, while others -- including players in the XFL and
Payton didn't feel well on Sunday, the day before the start of the NFL's legal tampering period, according to ESPN, and underwent testing on Monday before receiving the results earlier Thursday. He's now resting at home, fatigued, but has no fever or cough and is "upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery" from his home, where he will be quarantined through the weekend.
"This is not just about social distancing," Payton told ESPN. "It's shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It's not complicated to do what they're asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact. I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I'm lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can't handle it. So we all need to do our part. It's important for every one of us to do our part."
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Jason La Canfora has begun digging deeper into his research and gives an early sense of he...
Tom Brady admits during Howard Stern interview that he needed to put more time in as a father,...
Social media was full of takes on the Falcons new threads
Moving on from Newton was in 'the best interest of the team,' the new coach said Wednesday
Tom Brady saw the end of his Patriots tenure coming
The star pass rusher's future in Jacksonville remains up in the air
NFL teams weren't afraid to move up, back, and out of the first round during Monday's mock...
Breaking down the latest rumors, news, signings and trades across the NFL
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Jaguars vs. Colts football game