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Suns’ Chris Paul Tested Positive for COVID Despite Vaccination, Enters Health Protocols

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The Phoenix Suns were dealt a huge blow Wednesday as guard Chris Paul entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19.

Paul had received the Pfizer vaccine in February, Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro reports.

The Suns confirmed Paul was placed in health and safety protocols and said they will provide a health update on Saturday. Head coach Monty Williams spoke to reporters Wednesday and said the Suns had practiced the past two days.

The NBA’s rules for COVID-related isolation periods have evolved throughout the season in correlation with increasing vaccine numbers. ESPN reports that if Paul is already vaccinated against COVID-19, he could be facing a shorter absence from the Suns.

ESPN’s Matt Barnes said on The Jump that he spoke to Paul Wednesday morning and confirmed that he is vaccinated.

The NBA Players Association said Wednesday that of the 164 players tested for COVID-19 since June 9, one new player has returned a confirmed positive test.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. Why do they even have COVID protocols in any sports leagues at this point? Unless CP plans on hanging out with a bunch of unvaccinated, obese 90 year olds with Stage 4 cancer he does not represent a meaningful risk to anyone. The absurdity clearly has a long way to go before it is over. Until then I guess we will continue to see mask and social distancing theater. Let CP3 play if he feels well enough.

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