The sports bubble that millions of people live in has been punctured by COVID-19

By Nicole Ganglani | lead photo from, Premier League and Serie A Club | Art by Tricia Guevara

The global sports scene has not been spared from the COVID-19 pandemic. Major sports leagues like the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL and the ATP and WTA tennis circuits have either been canceled or suspended until further notice. The sports bubble that millions of people live in has been punctured. The series of suspensions came right after Utah Jazz superstar Rudy Gobert and his teammate Donovan Mitchell tested positive for coronavirus. If you’re wondering who in the sporting world have a confirmed diagnosis, here’s a running list:



Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christian Wood, Kevin Durant, Marcus Smart, Doris Burke, James Dolan, three Brooklyn Nets players and two Los Angeles Lakers players

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus followed by teammate Donovan Mitchell. Days after the Jazz faced off against the Detroit Pistons, forward Christian Wood also tested positive.

On Mar.18, Kevin Durant confirmed that he is one of the four Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus. The other three Nets players were not disclosed by the team.

On Mar.20, two Los Angeles Lakers players were tested positive for coronavirus. On the same day, Celtics guard Marcus Smart confirmed that he is infected by the same virus.  While on Mar.28, New York Knick owner James Dolan was tested for coronavirus and but mentioned that he was experiencing no symptoms. ESPN Courtside reporter Doris Burke also tested positive but is now symptom-free as well. 


Serie A Club

Daniele Rugani, Paulo Dybala

Juventus confirmed in an official statement last Thursday that Daniele Rugani has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Rugani wrote via Twitter that he is fine and will isolate himself for the next couple of weeks. His teammate Paulo Dybala was also diagnosed with COVID-19 and is now in self isolation. 



Unnamed Seattle Dragons player

On Sunday afternoon, the Xtreme Football League confirmed an unnamed player has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The player is part of the Seattle Dragons who clashed against the Houston Roughnecks last Saturday and has been quarantined since.


Premier League 

Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoil 

The first COVID-19 case in the Premier League was Arsenal’s head coach Mikel Arteta who tested positive last Friday. The team’s training facilities has now been shut down as players and staff are being tested Chelsea’s 19-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoil was also diagnosed on Friday. 



Trey Thompkins 

Spanish basketball player Trey Thompkins confirmed via Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19. The power forward mentioned that he is fully recovering and waiting for the virus to pass at this point. 



Unnamed New York Yankees player

An unnamed player from the New York Yankees is confirmed to have the virus according to the Yankees and multiple MLB reporters. The player has been quarantined since Friday after he showed COVID-19 symptoms. 


Sean Payton

New Orleans Saint head coach Sean Payton tested positive as well.

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