Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he revealed in a social media statement on Friday.
“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID,” the Minnesota Timberwolves star began in a statement posted to Twitter and Instagram. “I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol.”
As a result of his positive test, the Timberwolves’ Friday evening game against the Memphis Grizzlies was postponed. In his statement, the 25-year-old athlete called on his fans to take the virus seriously and “stop the spread.”
“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all the necessary precautions,” Towns wrote. “We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”
His girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, wrote a supportive message in the comments section of his Instagram post. “Praying for you baby. You got this. God’s got you,” she shared.