Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns tested positive for COVID-19 this week. The 25-year-old took to Twitter on Friday to share the diagnosis with the public, as well as to offer words of caution.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 15, 2021
“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID,” he wrote. “I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. 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. …
“It breaks my heart that my family, and particularly my father and sister continue to suffer from the anxiety that comes along with this diagnosis as we know all too well what the end result could be. To my niece and nephew … I promise you I will not end up in a box next to grandma and I will beat this.”
Towns’ mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, died at 59 on April 13 from complications of COVID-19. In addition to her, the Wolves big man also revealed that he had lost six other family members to complications resulting from the virus.
From a basketball perspective, this had already been a tough year for Towns, who was the subject of much trade speculation heading into 2021. He missed six games this season with a wrist injury, before ultimately returning to the court last week.
It’s just just been an awful year all around for Towns — aside from the time he got a special gift from Jordyn Woods.
Going forward, it appears as though Towns is going to have to miss a bit of time. At the very least, it looks like he will be out two weeks – and from there it’s anyone’s guess.