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Shaquille O'Neal weighed in on Kyrie Irving's refusal to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

The NBA Hall of Famer shared his opinion about Kyrie's vaccine hesitancy on Thursday.

"Whoever owns the Brooklyn Nets, get him up out of here," Shaq said during an appearance on CBS Sports radio's "Tiki and Tierney" show.

"I would go upstairs and say, 'Get him up out of here.' We can win with a two-punch and a great shooter and some rebounders like we got. Get his a** up out of here."

Shaq spoke more about the subject on his "The Big Podcast with Shaq."

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Shaq told Spice Adams and Nischelle Turner that he acknowledged Kyrie's right to have his own opinions but he said the NBA superstar should think about his teammates and the community at large.

Shaquille also said the Nets' point guard has an obligation to play all games since he's getting paid $200 million.

"I try not to belittle another man's opinion," Shaq said.

"In this game of ours, sometimes you have to think about others instead of yourself. Now, Kyrie has his views, he has his opinions. I'm not going to knock that. But, he does have an obligation because he took that $200 million."

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Kyrie, 29, has agreed to sit out all home games in New York City, which has strict vaccine mandates.

Shaq, 49, also criticized Kyrie Irving for requesting that the media respect his privacy.

"Only thing I don't like is, 'Oh, I like, can you, you know, you know, respect my privacy?' Once you sign up for this life, there is no privacy. And you have to accept it."

 

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The NBA announced that it will withhold the paychecks of star players who are hesitant to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Superstar Kyrie Irving, left, leads a small coalition of players, including Bradley Beal, center, and Jonathan Isaac, right, who refuse to roll up their sleeves for the injections.

"Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement on Wednesday.

The multi-millionaire players plan to sit out home games in cities that have strict vaccine mandates.

The withholding of paychecks is among the Covid-19 compliance measures the NBA announced on Thursday morning.

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The league plans to make life miserable for the unvaccinated holdouts.

When in their home cities, unvaccinated players will be required to remain at home. When they are on the road, they must remain in their hotel rooms, and away from large gatherings.

Unvaccinated players can practice with their vaxxed teammates, but they will be tested frequently.

About 90% of NBA players have received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine, according to reports.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci moved the goalposts again by announcing people who received 2 shots of mRNA vaccine are no longer considered fully vaccinated.

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In an interview with The Atlantic this week, Dr. Fauci said that a third booster shot is required to be fully vaccinated.

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"I've made it clear that my opinion has always been that I believe that a third-shot booster for a two-dose mRNA [vaccine] should ultimately and will ultimately be the proper, complete regimen.

"The vaccine is very successful. The durability of it is something that's a subject of considerable discussion and sometimes debate... I think we should be preventing people from getting sick from COVID even if they don't wind up in the hospital."

Fauci insisted it's beneficial to have temporary protection [rather] than no protection. He made no mention of natural immunity.

Fauci and the CDC previously insisted that the mRNA vaccine would prevent the spread of the virus.

In March, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke of impending doom if Spring breakers didn't get vaccines or wear masks.

Fauci now claims he is studying the "durability" of the vaccine, meaning how long the protection will last.

Studies have shown the vaccines' efficacy fades after 3-6 months and a booster will be needed at least every 6 months.

The FDA has approved emergency use of the booster shots for people age 65 and older, and those who are at high risk, including healthcare workers and people with underlying conditions.

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The NBA is concerned about a cluster of unvaccinated players, including Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who refuse to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the league is concerned that "leaders" like Kyrie Irving, 29, and LeBron James, 36, are jeopardizing their attempts to vaccinate the entire NBA.

The league front office is worried that Kyrie, in particular, will convince the younger players to reject the mRNA shots or the boosters.

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Kyrie, star guard for the Brooklyn Nets, will likely comply with New York City's strict vaccine mandate which calls for unvaccinated NBA players to sit out all home games.

Kyrie's aunt said recently that NBA players could sit out all home games to protest the league's vaccine policies, which she calls oppressive.

"There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way. It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they're, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement."

She went on to say that Kyrie is not looking for a religious exemption.

"It's not religious-based, it's morals based. You may have to sit on the sideline, you might not have to be in the arena during this. If it's that freaking important to get a vaccine that, hell, it's still not preventing COVID, then I'd rather them working it out that way than to say, 'Hey, if you don't get the vaccine, then you can't be a part of the franchise that you fuckin' helped build.'"

According to CDC statistics, more than 74% of Black NY residents are unvaccinated. As a result, Black New Yorkers are most impacted by NYC's vaccine mandates.

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Black Lives Matter has accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of discriminating against Black people.

One of the leaders of Black Lives Matter's Greater New York chapter slammed de Blasio, saying his "mandate is racist and specifically targets black New Yorkers."

Chivona Newsome calls de Blasio's vaccine mandates "modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people."

"Although Mayor Bill De Blasio ran on progressives values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his campaign promises," Newsome told Fox News.

"The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people.

"The vaccination mandates infringe upon the civil liberties of the Black community. It's more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, Black health care workers and educators will lose their jobs."

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Donald Trump will earn more than former boxing champ Evander Holyfield to call his fight this weekend.

The former U.S. President is bragging about making an "obscene" amount of cash for calling the fight - and the deal comes with a G-5 private jet.

Multiple sources tell TMZ, Trump says he's making an "obscene" amount of money providing "live, alternative commentary" when Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) takes on MMA star Vitor Belfort, 44.

According to TMZ, Triller, the media company behind the event, is paying "millions" for Trump's blow-by-blow analysis.

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And there's a huge perk, in addition to the bank vault of cash. Trump, 75, says Triller is providing him with a G-5 jet to take him back and forth from the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida to his home in West Palm Beach (about a 10 minute flight).

It's possible that Trump will take the jet for a joyride to New York City earlier in the day to commemorate 9/11, TMZ says.

Donald Trump Jr. will join his father at ringside to call the fight. It isn't clear how much Trump Jr. will earn.

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Holyfield, 58, hasn't fought since a 10th round TKO win over Brian Nielsen in 2011. The Atlanta resident stepped in for champion boxer Oscar de la Hoya at the last minute when Oscar was hospitalized with Covid-19.

A proposed fight with former champ Mike Tyson was scrapped earlier this year.

Not everyone is happy that Trump will be calling the fight on September 11 -- also known as the day the Twin Towers fell during a terrorist attack in NYC.

Some people are downright angry that Trump is still in such high demand when they hate him and want him to disappear from the limelight.

Trump's popularity is still a bone of contention to many Democrats who are dismayed by his continued influence in the GOP party.

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Jonathan Owens, best known as gymnast Simone Biles' boyfriend, was among the players waived by the Houston Texans ahead of the upcoming season.

Owens, who was cut by the Arizona Cardinals in August 2019, signed with the Texans practice squad in 2020.

Rumor has it that Owens was cut because he spends too much time on social media with Biles and not enough time focusing on his game.

The 26-year-old safety was on the Texans practice squad for six weeks until he was called up again last January.

Owens and Biles recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. He is often seen kissing and cuddling with Biles in a plethora of social media photos.

The 24-year-old Olympic bronze medalist gushed about Owens to PEOPLE.

"I love watching him play because he has such a passion. He works so hard, so for him to be able to showcase that on the field is really exciting."

On Sunday, Biles shared photos of Owens during practice. She wrote, "watching #36 on game days is my favorite." He commented, "Your my favorite [sic]."

Since returning to the U.S. for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Biles has been catching up on quality time with Owens.

Fortunately, they will have a lot more time to spend together during the upcoming NFL season.
 
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The New England Patriots have released quarterback Cam Newton, after naming rookie Mac Jones as the starting quarterback.

Newton agreed to a one year deal with the Patriots in July 2020, but the team missed the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2008.

According to reports, the Patriots decided Jones was a better fit at the quarterback position than Newton.

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Part of the reason for Newton's dismissal was his refusal to take the Covid vaccine. Newton tested positive for Covid-19 last October. He is assumed to have natural immunity against the virus.

"They are so sure of Mac Jones that they felt like it would be unfair to have Cam on the roster," said ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schhefter on "First Take."

The news sparked a plethora of Twitter.com memes shading the former NFL quarterback.

Dallas Cowboys beat reporter Clarence Hill Jr. joked:

"I would love for the Cowboys to sign Cam Newton as Dak Prescott's primary backup. I think Cam would be a great teammate. But I would [not do] anything to put Prescott in jeopardy. Cam is not vaccinated. Even the slight chance of him causing Prescott to miss games is a bridge to far."

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Despite all the taunting, Newton kept it classy in an official statement: "I really appreciate all the love and support during this time. But I must say please don't feel sorry for me!! I'm good."

Senior NFL reporter Albert Breer said Newton "Was a very good teammate and fit right into the culture there."

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Allyson Felix wants fans to "rally around" embattled sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson after her spectacular fail at a recent track meet.

The Olympic gold medal track & field star showed support for Richardson after she finished dead last at the Prefontaine Classic 100 meter dash in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

Social media users dragged the 21-year-old sprinter, and rapper Nicki Minaj posted a meme of a broom.

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Felix, 35, asked fans to rally around Richardson who lost her estranged mom before the Olympic trials in June.

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Felix told Jimmy Kimmel Live! guest host Stephen A. Smith:

"I know that she's obviously been through so much and I hope that she's just supported. I hope people rally around her. I think just more than anything, for all athletes, there's so much that goes into it. We just, you know, give her the support that she needs."

 

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Sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson finished dead last in the 100 meter dash at the Wanda Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

Sha'Carri, who was banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for smoking pot, finished 9th in the field during the "dream race" against Jamaica's 3 best sprinters.

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Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah, who won a gold medal at the Olympics, ran the 100 meter dash in 10.54 seconds, the best time in the world this year.

Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sherika Jackson followed close behind Thompson-Herah in the same 1-2-3 finish as the Olympics.

The Prefontaine Classic was billed as Sha'Carri's redemption race after she missed out on a medal at the Olympic Games. She debuted a long, blonde flaxen lacefront wig and 2-inch gel nails for the race.

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Afterwards, she defended her last place finish, saying she's not done yet.

"This is one race. I'm not done. You know what I'm capable of. Count me out if you want to. Talk all the sh*t you want. Because I'm here to stay. I'm not done. I'm the sixth fastest woman in this game ever. Can't nobody ever take that from me!"

Sha'Carri opted not to run in the 200 meters after her disappointing finish in the 100 meters.

After her spectacular loss, social media lit up with memes and taunts mocking her for being arrogant before and after the race.

Rapper Nicki Minaj shaded Sha'Carri by posting a meme of a broom on her Instagram Story.

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LeBron James clapped back at social media trolls cracking jokes about his "geriatric" Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

After being knocked out of the NBA playoffs in the first round, the Lakers rebuilt the team by trading nearly every player.

READ ALSO: Director of Michael Jordan’s Space Jam Says ‘LeBron Ain’t Michael’

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The Lakers sent forward Kyle Kuzma, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, backup center Montrezl Harrell and a first-round pick to Washington in exchange for star guard Russell Westbrook (pictured above).

Westbrook, 35, forms the Lakers Big 3 -- alongside LeBron, 36, and center Anthony Davis, 28.

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The Lakers also signed 37-year-old free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony, left, to a one-year deal at the league minimum salary.

Social media trolls clowned the new Lakers as the oldest team in the league.

LeBron clapped back, telling critics to "keep talking about my squad, our ages, the way he plays... we're past our time in this league, etc etc etc."

He added: "Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it begins! That's all I ask. #ThankYou."

LeBron is very sensitive to any form of criticism.

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Gymnast Simone Biles of Team USA settled for a bronze medal in the Women's Balance Beam Final in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday, August 03.

The 24-year-old athlete came in third place in her last opportunity to earn a medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She has won a total of 7 medals in two Olympic Games.

Simone was criticized for quitting when she landed awkwardly in the vault during the women's team final last week.

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She claimed she quit for her "mental health" and she blamed "the twisties" for feeling awkward during her routine.

Simone also pulled out of the women's individual all-around final, the vault and uneven bars finals to focus on her mental health.

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China's Guan Chenchen (center) and Tang Xijing (right) won the gold and silver medals in the balance beam respectively, with the 16-year-old and 18-year-old earning respective scores of 14.633 and 14.233.

Simone placed third with a score of 14.000, while her U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee came in fifth position with a score of 13.866.

In addition to the bronze medal, Simone will leave Tokyo, Japan with a silver medal in the women's team final.

READ ALSO: Gymnastics fans criticize Simone Biles for quitting in Tokyo

It's the second time Simone has won bronze on the balance beam, after previously coming in third in the competition at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Tuesday's medal win also means she has now tied with Shannon Miller as the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast ever.
 

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Team USA fans previously complained that Biles is a narcissist who spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.

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Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah proved she is the fastest woman on earth after breaking Florence Griffith Joyner's 100 meter record at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Griffith Joyner's 100 meter dash Olympic record stood unbroken for 33 years -- until July 31, when Thompson-Herah ran the women's 100 meters final in 10.61 seconds, winning the gold.

Griffith Joyner set an Olympic record of 10.62 seconds in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Games.

She died in her sleep after suffering an epileptic seizure on September 21, 1998 at age 38.

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Team Jamaica dominated the 100 meter dash on Saturday. Ann Fraser-Pryce finished second in 10.74 seconds, followed by Shericka Jackson in 10.76 seconds.

However, Jackson will not compete with her teammates in the 200 meters on Tuesday. She was knocked out of the race on Sunday when she slowed down and lazily jogged across the finish line -- ending up in fourth place.

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Jackson (right) was in a great position to qualify for the third spot in the 200 meters before she slowed down, losing the third spot by four thousandths of a second.

Her error in judgment sparked condemnation and outrage as Jamaican fans called her "foolish" on social media.
 

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Gymnast Simone Biles will return to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, Aug. 3, after making headlines for quitting due to the "twisties."

The 24-year-old star was heavily criticized for abandoning her teammates after she landed awkwardly on the vault during the team finals and claimed she quit due to mental health issues.

READ ALSO: Simone Biles and NFL boyfriend are Instagram official

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The balance beam is Simone's last chance to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics - USA Gymnastics officials confirmed on Twitter on Monday: "We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can't wait to watch you both!"

Simone previously won bronze on the beam at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Explaining her decision to pull out of the events earlier in the Tokyo tournament, Simone revealed that she has been suffering from the "twisties" - which many gymnasts describe as a form of mental block that stems from disorientation during tumbles and somersaults.

Her error resulted in a low score of 13.766 for the team, opening the door for Russia to win the gold.
 

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Team USA fans complained that Biles is a narcissist who spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.

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Sunisa "Suni" Lee, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, won a gold medal during the all-around final on July 29, recording the highest uneven bars score of the day. She is the first Hmong-American to win an Olympic gold medal.

After Simone dropped out, Suni, 18, scored 15.400 (tying the highest mark of the competition), and helped Team USA win silver behind the Russians.

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Team USA gymnastics fans dragged Simone Biles for quitting after an uncharacteristic stumble on the vault apparatus at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles landed awkwardly on her vault during the women's team final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Tuesday. Her error resulted in a low score of 13.766 for the team, opening the door for Russia to win the gold.

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Shortly afterward, the embarrassed gymnast left the stadium with her trainer and a member of the medical team.

It was later announced that she'd withdrawn from the final because of a "mental issue."

Biles told reporters she pulled out of the Olympics to "focus on my wellbeing... And you know, there's more to life than just gymnastics."

She told the Today Show:

"It is very unfortunate that it has to happen at this stage because I definitely wanted this Olympics to go a little bit better but again, we'll take it one day at a time and we're going to see how the rest goes."

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Her departure drew comparisons to tennis star Naomi Osaka who withdrew from the French Open to focus on her mental health following criticism when she refused to speak to the news media.

Team USA fans complained that Biles spends more time taking Instagram photos with her boyfriend, NFL player Jonathan Owens, than she does practicing for the Olympics.

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Others say young athletes like Biles and Osaka are more interested in the instant gratification of social media than the delayed gratification of working hard to achieve greatness.

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One Twitter user wrote: "I knew it as soon as I seen her boyfriend I knew simone was going to. Be trouble."

Another user tweeted: "I'm telling y'all, man, Simone Biles is performing poorly because of having a boyfriend. Less concentration on her art, more concentration on getting some D when she gets home after training lmaooo."

And a third wrote: "blah blah, excuses, blah blah, weight of the world, this is not your first competition, this is not your first olympics, just say you got a shiny new boyfriend, thats all."

Biles, 24, and Owens, 26, have dated for a year. She previously dated fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin.
 

An Alabama YouTuber went viral earlier this month when she caught a 30 pound catfish with her bare hand.

Hannah Barron is a popular Internet star with 340K subs on YouTube and nearly 1 million followers on Instagram.

Hannah has been noodling catfish for 4 years. Catfish noodling is a sport that requires skill, nerves of steel, and great teamwork.

A noodler dives underwater to reach a catfish hole and sticks his or her hand in the hole. The catfish latches onto the hand as a defensive maneuver and the noodler reaches through the fish's gill and yanks it out of the hole.

It helps if you can hold your breath underwater for about 60 seconds while noodling the catfish.

Catfish noodling is a sport practiced primarily in warm southern states where catfish the size of dogs are abundant.

Check out the video below.
 

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Eight New York Yankees players tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated, NBC News reported. Torres previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason.

The news hit the league like a bombshell.

The Yankees canceled a game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, after three players – Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta -- tested positive.

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Torres, center, is among eight so-called "breakthrough" cases among the Yankees — people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is in quarantine while awaiting the result of his Covid test.

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Judge, pictured left, escorted MLB legend Hank Aaron's wife Billye Aaron to the home plate on Coors Field during the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night. She received a standing ovation.

Hank Aaron died on January 22, 2021, weeks after receiving the Covid-19 mRNA injection.

Three more Yankees players and one staff -- who were not named -- also tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

None of the players reported any Covid-related symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing or coughing.

"Certainly unexpected," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball, that's in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case."

All Major League Baseball teams require their players to be fully vaccinated in order to play.

The Yankees are undergoing additional testing and contact tracing, with the assistance of the baseball commissioner’s office and its medical experts, NBC reports.