Fred Hoiberg Responds To Coronavirus Scare
Nebraska head basketball coach Fred Hoiberg responded to Wednesday night’s coronavirus scare with a lengthy statement.
During his team’s showdown against Indiana, Hoiberg was seen on the sidelines becoming visibly sick. It got so bad at one point that he could not complete the game and had to head off the court.
Given the current state of affairs, many wondered if this was a coronavirus situation.
Following a lengthy inspection at the hospital, Hoiberg tested negative for coronavirus – but was diagnosed with influenza A. That is just a common cold.
After the fact, many criticized Hoiberg for coming in to work sick, given how big of an issue coronavirus is right now.
In response, he issued a statement on Thursday morning.
— Fred Hoiberg (@CoachHoiberg) March 12, 2020
“Please let it be known that I would never do anything that would put my team, family or anyone else in harm’s way,” he wrote.
“I was feeling under the weather on Wednesday and we felt the right thing to do was to get checked by a tournament doctor prior to our game in the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana. Once that medical official cleared me, I made a decision to coach my team.
“I would like to thank event staff for their care and professionalism. Also, thank you to everyone who has reached out for your support. This is a scary time for all of us. Let’s offer our thoughts and prayers directly to those affected with Coronavirus.”
Nebraska ended up losing to Indiana 89-64.