NBPA chief Michele Roberts defends players on access to coronavirus testing

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts expressed her disappointment with the criticism aimed at the growing list of NBA players who have been tested for the coronavirus, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

“There’s nothing irresponsible—if you’ve got that information [that you’ve been exposed]—about trying to get the tests,” Roberts said.

There has been some public pushback—most notably from New York City mayor Bill de Blasio—at the seemingly disproportionate number of players who have had access to tests compared to the general public. The Brooklyn Nets, one of the most recent teams to have received tests, said in a statement to The New York Times’ Sopan Deb that they “sourced the tests through a private company and paid for them ourselves because we did not want to impact access to CDC’s public resources.”

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