Karl Anthony Cities tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA star revealed in a post on social media on Jan. 15.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Player Who Was # The NBA. 1 Draft Pick in 2015 said he learned he was positive for COVID-19 before playing the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. The game has since been postponed. The 25-year-old Karl wrote that he would “immediately isolate and follow any protocol”.
The positive test comes nine months after Karl’s mother Jacqueline Cruz Cities died as a result of the coronavirus. She was 58 years old.
Tragically, the athlete too lost six other family members on COVID-19 since the pandemic began, he shared with an ESPN reporter in December.
“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside, and I ask everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all necessary precautions,” wrote Karl on Twitter after his positive test result. “We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it has to be a group effort by all of us. It breaks my heart that my family, and especially my father and sister, continue to suffer from the fear that comes with this diagnosis well what the bottom line might be. “