NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley Quarantines Himself Awaiting Test Results For COVID-19

Published 03/13/2020, 4:37 AM EDT


Not long after NBA suspending its league, former Phoenix Suns player and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley has quarantined himself as a precautionary measure.

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The NBA Hall of Fames was reported to have gone for a COVID-19 test after he suffered an illness. Barkley called into Thursday’s NBA on TNT show to explain his current situation. He said that he is yet to obtain the test results but is taking precautionary measures.

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“I spent the earlier part of the week in NYC, when I got to Atlanta yesterday I wasn’t feeling well,” he said. “I talked to a couple people at Turner and a couple of doctors, and they told me to self-quarantine for the next 48 hours.

“This is my second day. I haven’t been feeling great and they didn’t want me taking any chances. I went and took the coronavirus test late this afternoon, I haven’t got the results back yet.”

“So I’m just kinda in limbo right now. I’m really hoping it was just a bug.”

Charles Barkley was successful in his plea to cancel March Madness

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After the NBA suspended its league, Barkley believed it was time for NCAA to also act upon the increasing danger due to the Coronavirus. With the college basketball officials getting ready for the March Madness, Barkley believed it was not a good idea to host it at this time.

Barkley, himself a part of CBS’ coverage of the event, didn’t back himself from talking about the need to cancel it.

“You can’t have these players – even if there are no fans in the stadium- you can’t have these players breathing on each other for two weeks. Even if they’re at a hotel, they’re going to be at different cities around the country. I hate to say it — I probably shouldn’t say it because I work for CBS — I think we’re going to shut down March Madness until we know more,” he said on Wednesday.

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On Thursday, the NCAA announced the cancellation of March Madness.

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Saketh Kandadai

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