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Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey created headlines on Monday night. Following a tough 67-69 loss to UConn in the Elite Eight, she used part of the postgame press conference to address a potential issue the Final Four might face.
Mulkey believes the NCAA should “dump” the COVID-19 testing for the final three games of the Tournament. Even though her team is no longer involved, she doesn’t want to see others left out of participating due to a positive test.
“After the games today and tomorrow, there’s four teams left, I think, on the men’s side and the women’s side,” Mulkey said, via Fox News. “They need to dump the COVID testing. Wouldn’t it be a shame to keep COVID testing and then you got kids that test positive or something and they don’t get to play in the Final Four? So, you need to just forget the COVID test. Let the four teams playing in each Final Four go battle it out.”
Of course, that comment has created a lot of backlash from coronabros, including the loud and obnoxious Keith Olbermann. After asking why Mulkey — or as he referred to her, “this idiot” — has yet to be fired, OutKick founder Clay Travis fired back at Olbermann.
“Because she’s right, coronabro,” Clay tweeted on Monday night. “If Gonzaga had a player test positive for COVID and lost their perfect season and a chance at the championship because they had to forfeit that would be complete and total insanity.”
Because she’s right, coronabro. If Gonzaga had a player test positive for covid and lost their perfect season and a chance at the championship because they had to forfeit that would be complete and total insanity. https://t.co/ShbST6aVVf
How many athletes, both college and professional, have been hospitalized with COVID-19? How many are dealing with lingering effects and seeing it threaten their careers? OK, so Gonzaga should risk a chance at history due to a minuscule, almost non-existent chance at complications?
That is Clay’s point.
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