PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – OCTOBER 1
By Leo Haggerty
Yes, I know, this post is a little bit late as it applies to the date at the top of my column but I wanted to make sure I had all the facts correct. When you read below I believe you will understand my reasoning for doing that.
Early Friday morning around 1 a.m., President Donald Trump disclosed that he had tested positive for Covid-19. Also, it was revealed that First Lady Melania Trump has been infected as well.
This comes on the heels of the disclosure that Hope Hicks, a member of the Trump inner circle, had tested positive to the coronavirus. With that announcement, rumors ran rampant that the President had been exposed but they were not confirmed until the early morning Twitter message from Trump himself.
POTUS will quarantine within the White House for an unspecified time. There has been no reports either confirming or denying as to whether either member of the First Couple were experiencing any symptoms related to the coronavirus.
Now, how does this effect sports-related activity, you ask? Let me throw this possibility out for your perusal.
If, and no one wishes this to occur, the President becomes deathly ill from Covid-19, will organized athletic competition on the professional and collegiate level be forced to change their approach to dealing with the coronavirus? I believe that they will and here’s why.
It will become extremely difficult for any group to not take serious action once a player or coach or administrator is diagnosed with the disease. If the person who has access to the best medical care in the world, bar none, is hospitalized for an extended period of time in serious or critical condition with no effective treatment options then look for all athletic groups to rethink their approach to how they deal with an outbreak on one of their teams.
Thee fact that POTUS is now one of the millions of people who have contracted Covid-19 should be a wakeup call to the rest of the country. Look for a stringent national policy to truly combat this disease in the near future. That’s the one good thing that can arise from the most powerful person on the planet becoming stricken by the pandemic.
Here’s hoping that that President makes a speedy and full recovery. Here’s also hoping that the sports community now takes a more proactive role in addressing measures as it applies to all facets of their teams and the fans that wish to attend their events.