Another basketball star has tested positive for COVID-19 as the virus sweeps through the NBA. Buddy Framm, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was tested along with his teammates and received news of the positive result last night. His agent and medical team released a statement saying that Framm is resting comfortably with no symptoms, and has isolated himself since being tested.
The NBA season has been on hold since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus on March 11th. Since then, multiple NBA players have also tested positive, and others have self-quarantined.
A multi-sport star, Framm has also played football, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. This has led to concerns about him potentially spreading the virus to other leagues, especially given his penchant for drooling on equipment. Of particular concern is Timberwolves coach Arthur Chaney, who is in his 80s. A team spokesman said that Chaney tested negative and has been isolating himself to avoid becoming infected.
Framm’s test was somewhat surprising given that he is a golden retriever, not a human. However, veterinarian Dr. Jay Brazeau, who is treating Framm, said in the statement that “while most associate the disease with humans, there’s nothing in the medical literature to suggest that a dog can’t contract COVID-19.”