Chris Boucher understands the impact he made when he broke the quarantine and the Toronto Raptors hopes people learn from his mistake.
After seeing Rudy Gobert and teammate Donovan Mitchell test positive for COVID-19, the Toronto Raptors were forced to go into self-isolation for two weeks.
It was a scary time for the team considering they had recently played the Utah Jazz which meant there was a chance they could have also been infected and been a carrier of the coronavirus. As a result, the players, staff and anybody associated were asked to remain at home.
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Unfortunately, Chris Boucher was in a tough situation after making a quick run to the grocery store. The problem is that as a tall basketball player, he sticks out in public and someone took notice and took a picture of him and posted on social media.
The Raptors centre sent out an apology for breaking the quarantine but now seeing how things have escalated in North America he realized how much worst the situation could have been.
“It’s not like I wanted to be seen,” Boucher said on a conference call to reporters. “Somebody just took a picture, knew where I was. It’s unfortunate. I can’t do nothing, but that’s not something I was trying to do. Nobody wants to get that virus. I don’t want to give it to nobody if I had it.
“Definitely, I should have just stayed home and that’s why I felt like I had to apologize, because even if I knew that I didn’t have it, it’s not acceptable.”
It does take a lot for Boucher to admit what he did was wrong considering the sensitivity of the situation across the world. Of course, there is no telling where this is going to go and the NBA still has to figure out how the rest of the season will play out.
If you are looking for something to watch during this time, Game 3 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors is playing at 8:00 p.m. ET as Toronto looks to take the advantage in the series but we won’t give away the ending.
What have you been doing to keep yourself safe during this time? Do you expect things to improve anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below.