Latest Coronavirus Casualty: The High-Five

NBA tells players to avoid the gesture, suggests fist bumps instead
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2020 2:00 AM CST
NBA Tells Players to Avoid High-Fives
Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) high-fives a fan after shooting the game-winning three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Houston.   (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

As the coronavirus outbreak takes hold in the US, the NBA has issued players some advice—including not touching the palms of countless strangers. In a memo sent to players and seen by ESPN, the league advises players meeting the public to offer fist bumps instead of high-fives and avoid accepting items like jerseys to be autographed. League officials said they were in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make sure they were keeping players and fans safe, the Hill reports. Sports events have been called off in countries including Italy and Switzerland, though for now, many NBA players do not seem overly concerned. "I'm pretty sure I'm still going to sign some autographs, but maybe I'll just walk around with my own marker," says Kemba Walker of the Celtics. (Read more NBA stories.)

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