Karl Anthony-Towns has tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA star revealed in a post on social media on Jan. 15.
The Minnesota Timberwolves player, who was the NBA’s no. 1 draft pick in 2015, shared that he learned he was positive for COVID-19 prior to playing in Friday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The game has since been postponed. Karl, 25, wrote that he will “immediately isolate and follow every protocol.”
The positive test comes nine months after Karl’s mother Jacqueline Cruz-Towns died due to complications from the coronavirus. She was 58.
Tragically, the athlete also lost six other family members to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, he shared with an ESPN reporter in December.
“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 of the necessary precautions,” Karl wrote on Twitter following his positive test result. “We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us. 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.”