Anthony Fauci Rumors
Cousy went to the White House last summer and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, from President Trump. He is one of three Holy Cross grads to receive the honor. One of the others is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is currently in Trump’s doghouse. “Dr. Fauci is my hero,” said Cousy. “I had dinner with him when he gave a speech for one of my teammates many years ago and I have been bragging on him since then. I’ve noticed that our president has turned on him. That was inevitable. Tony has taken the cautious approach all along, but I think he’s a hell of a guy. He’s an honorable man and he’s conducted himself honorably. He’s simply told the truth as he sees it.”
“I think they might very well be quite successful with it,” Fauci told Stadium. “They really wanted to make sure that the safety of the players was paramount. “I actually have looked at that plan. … What they are really trying to do is to create a situation where it is as safe as it possibly could be for the players by creating this bubble. Essentially testing everybody, make sure that you start with a baseline of everybody being negative and trying to make sure that there is no influx into that cohort of individuals and do a tournament-type play.”
“It’s not the classic basketball season, but certainly for the people who are thirsting for basketball (and) who love basketball the way I do, it’s something that I think is a sound plan,” Fauci said. “I was very pleased to see that the intent was not reckless at all. They really wanted to make sure that the safety of the players and the people associated with the players was paramount. So I think that you might be able to do something like that with basketball. Could you extrapolate that to some of the other sports possibly? I think they should look at that model, see how it works, and then take it from there. Maybe modifications of that for some of the other sports.”
Shams Charania: Dr. Anthony Fauci told @Stadium he is supportive of the NBA’s restart plan: “It’s quite creative.. I think they might very well be quite successful with it… They really wanted to make sure that the safety of the players was paramount.”
Tsai said NBA commissioner Adam Silver is primarily focused on safety. “I think Adam has said, ‘We are not looking at a date.’ Setting a target date doesn’t make any sense,” Tsai said. “Let’s look at the data. I think one of the most important things is, to Dr. [Anthony] Fauci’s point, you have to have enough tests. One of the most pernicious things about COVID-19 is you can be asymptomatic and be infectious, so you can infect other people while you look perfectly healthy. That’s a big problem. Without tests to identify those that are contagious, and then we try to isolate them, it’s really very difficult to restart and keep everybody safe and healthy.”
When asked how realistic the prospects of playing out the season were, Leonsis cited Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendation that it could be possible, if the leagues commit to playing games without fans and quarantining players and necessary staff members in hotels. “The NBA is like our federal government, if you will,” Leonsis said. “It will take its lead from governors and the federal government and all of the public health associations, and we listen to them. We can’t play games on our own. We are operating in a suspended mode and all of our focus is on what to do about the remainder of the season.”
In an interview with Coach K that was overrun with basketball analogies, Fauci stressed the same talking points that he has stressed in every appearance that he has made over the course of the last month. The coronavirus pandemic is incredibly serious, we have not yet come close to winning the fight against it and the only way to save lives, slow this thing down and get back to normal is social distancing.