MLB investigating Justin Turner’s disregard for COVID-19 protocols

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Major League Baseball is upset with Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. On Tuesday night, it was revealed that Turner had tested positive for the coronavirus.

He was told to stay in the locker room while his teammates celebrates their first World Series win since 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Initially, he did; however, he later went back onto the field to be with his teammates. This was a clear violation by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrating a home run in Game 3 of the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays
Justin Turner celebrating a home run in Game 3 of the 2020 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo by the Los Angeles Dodgers/Instagram)

This was the first time in his career that he won a World Series Championship. The league says that Turner “blatantly disregarded” the COVID-19 protocols.

At some points, while he was celebrated, Turner wore a mask. However, other times, he did not wear a mask.

Related: Dodgers score six in two innings, defeat Rays in 2020 WS Game 1

“Immediately upon receiving notice from the laboratory of a positive test, protocols were triggered, leading to the removal of Justin Turner from last night’s game,” MLB said in a statement. “Turner was placed into isolation for the safety of those around him. However, following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.

“The Commissioner’s Office is beginning a full investigation into this matter and will consult with the Players Association within the parameters of the joint 2020 Operations Manual. Last night, nasal swabs were conducted on the Dodgers’ traveling party. Both the Rays and Dodgers were tested again today and their travel back to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the appropriate authorities.”

Related: 2020 World Series Preview: Dodgers vs. Rays

If MLB finds Turner in violation, like they say he did, then he will face either a fine, or even a suspension. Turner is a free agent now with the season over.

This may impact who pursues the 35-year-old unless he elects to retire now with a World Series ring.

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