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Former NBA player Jason Collins tests positive for coronavirus – USA TODAY

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Former NBA player Jason Collins tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he said on Twitter Tuesday.

“I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game,” Collins posted on Twitter. “I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough.

“Please stay safe and continue to social distance. Thank you to every single health care worker out there that are our true heroes on the frontline. Please let’s try to flatten the curve & not overwhelm our health care system.”

The NBA is at the epicenter of COVID-19 outbreak among pro sports leagues. At least 10 active players have tested positive (four from Brooklyn, two from the Utah, two from the Los Angeles Lakers, one from Boston and one from Detroit) plus one basketball staffer from Denver and three staffers from Philadelphia.

Collins, who became in 2014 the first openly gay player to play in the NBA, spent 13 seasons in the league and announced his retirement before the start of the 2014-15 season. He currently is an NBA Cares ambassador.

His twin brother, Jarron, is an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

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