Charles Barkley coronavirus
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The sports world was shocked on Wednesday after learning Utah Jazz star center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) ahead of their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. This led to the NBA taking the unprecedented step of suspending its season.

Now that other major pro sports leagues have followed suit, it seems like that world-wide pandemic is impacting the sports world in a big way.

Related: Second Jazz player tests positive

Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is apparently not immune from it all. Barkley called up TNT on Thursday night to announce that he has put himself in self-quarantine after feeling ill. Barkley has been tested for coronavirus. No results have come back yet.

This is absolutely crazy stuff. It also goes to show us just how widespread the illness is. With no end in sight, the World Health Organization (WHO) just classified coronavirus as a pandemic. That’s a clear indication things are not going to get better any time soon. As noted, the sports world has taken action to help prevent the spread of the illness.

We obviously hope for the best for Mr. Barkley during these scary times.

Vincent Frank
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