After two Melbourne United players tested positive to COVID-19, Australian Basketball Players’ Association (ABPA) CEO Jacob Holmes issued the following statement on 29 July 2020:
“The ABPA’s immediate priority is to provide full support to the Melbourne United playing group and to ensure the Club and the players take every step necessary to help protect the health and wellbeing of the players, Club staff, as well as that of the community.
“We are working closely with the players, the Club, and the NBL to gather the required information and implement an action plan that supports our players. All players and staff who have attended training sessions since July 22 are to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days, even if a negative test is returned.
“While an investigation is currently underway, we have been advised that all COVID-19 protocols have been followed correctly by those attending Melbourne United training sessions as set by the NBL and Victorian Government.
“This is a challenging time for Melbourne United players and their families, as it is for many sports and communities across the globe right now. We ask that the media respect the individual privacy of players at this time.”
At this stage, the ABPA will make no further comment.