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#pounditFriday, January 22, 2021

Derek Jeter denies Marlins players went to clubs before coronavirus outbreak

Miami Marlins president Derek Jeter spoke about his team’s coronavirus outbreak for the first time on Monday, admitting that the team had been too lax in taking precautions but denying that players had left the team hotel to go to bars or clubs.

Jeter said that “nothing salacious” happened on road trips, but that there had been a “false sense of security” among members of the traveling party. He cited poor social distancing and a lack of masks as reasons for the outbreak.

Jeter added that he hopes the Marlins’ situation serves as a wakeup call to the rest of the sport regarding what could happen if protocols are not followed properly.

There were reports that an MLB investigation found that some Marlins players left the team hotel on a road trip to go to bars or clubs. Jeter says that’s false. Regardless, his point about this being a wake-up call is more than valid.

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