MLB accepted some of the blame Friday for Justin Turner celebrating with teammates following the Dodgers’ World Collection title win final month regardless that it was recognized Turner was contaminated with COVID-19. Turner took some duty, too. The Dodgers had been assigned a lot of the relaxation.
And so, due to all of that blame-sharing, Turner pays no actual worth for his actions.
TURNER TIMELINE: The when and why behind the incident
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned in a press release (via MLB.com) that MLB wouldn’t self-discipline Turner for the celebration. The Dodgers did not sanction Turner previous to him changing into a free agent final week.
Manfred supplied an account of what occurred the evening of Oct. 27 at Globe Life FIeld in Arlington, Texas, after the Dodgers had defeated the Rays for the title. A number of it centered on how the group created the situations for Turner to be on the sector.
First, in accordance with Manfred, Dodgers gamers had been urging Turner to affix them, believing the camaraderie was value any extra well being threat.
Second, a membership worker gave Turner the impression he may return for postgame festivities after being faraway from LA’s clinching Sport 6 victory within the eighth inning following a second optimistic take a look at in 24 hours. Additional, no less than two group staff stayed silent as Turner got here out to take footage together with his spouse, Kourtney.
Third, an unidentified individual advised Turner that different Dodgers had examined optimistic, which led Turner to imagine “he was being singled out for isolation,” Manfred mentioned.
As for MLB’s culpability, Manfred mentioned baseball ought to have had a safety individual assigned to look at Turner whereas he was remoted and that Turner ought to have been despatched again to the group’s resort sooner. Turner mentioned in a separate assertion that he and his spouse had been in a health care provider’s workplace behind the clubhouse for the sport’s last two innings.
“Staging a baseball season in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic is an extremely troublesome endeavor and it required vital sacrifices and an unlimited quantity of labor by gamers, membership employees and the Commissioner’s Workplace. All of us have made errors as we navigated these unprecedented challenges and have tried to study from these errors so they don’t seem to be repeated,” Manfred mentioned.
Turner mentioned in his assertion that he initially returned to the sector simply to take the images together with his spouse. He mentioned the picture-taking “became a number of greetings and images the place I briefly and unwisely eliminated my masks. In hindsight, I ought to have waited till the sector was away from others to take that picture with my spouse.”
“I sincerely apologize to everybody on the sector for failing to understand the dangers of returning to the sector,” he mentioned.
His transfer seemed much more questionable after Manfred lauded Turner in his assertion for serving to to make sure the group adopted MLB’s COVID-19 protocols in the course of the season.
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, in his personal assertion, referred to as the Turner incident “regrettable” however added that the state of affairs on the sector instantly after Sport 6 was “chaotic.”
“The Dodger group takes the well being and security of everybody related to staging a baseball sport terribly critically, and are dedicated to putting in higher processes for future occasions,” Kasten mentioned.