Dodgers’ Justin Turner Disregarded Coronavirus Protocols
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated on the field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates, and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. The commissioner's office said Wednesday that it was starting a full investigation of the 35-year-old third baseman.
The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday at Globe Life Field.
Turner was pulled from the game following the seventh inning after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was quarantined in a doctor's office, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Turner later returned to the field wearing a mask to celebrate the Dodgers' title. He then took down his mask and posed for a team photo on the field.
Turner is subject to discipline under an agreement between MLB and the players' association on health and safety protocol. There is nothing specified in the agreement about the range of penalties. The commissioner's office said it would consult with the players' association as part of its investigation. The union was in the process of gathering facts on the events.
Although sources told ESPN's Buster Olney that Turner could face a suspension, there was no precedent for one. Sources told Olney that MLB planned to investigate whether any Dodgers officials or personnel helped facilitate Turner's return to the field.