Boomer Esiason alluded to the idea that college football teams with players who recently tested positive for the coronavirus had them get it on purpose.
The WFAN radio host said that he found it “odd” that so many players from big-time football programs have suddenly come down with COVID-19 as teams prepare to report back for workouts. He specifically mentioned Alabama, LSU and Clemson, who have all recently reported coronavirus cases on their teams.
“I gotta be really careful here, because I don’t want to say that this is an accusation,” Esiason said Monday morning. “I don’t want to … I just was thinking the other day about what is going on with the SEC teams down south. And Clemson included, who’s obviously an ACC team. A lot of their players are coming down with COVID-19, oddly enough. So are they trying to herd immunity their teams?”
There is still no concrete evidence that someone can be immune to COVID-19 after contracting it. But Esiason evidently believes these football programs would do anything to avoid having their top players quarantined and not able to dress during a conference championship or playoff week.
“So these guys can get sick now as opposed to getting sick during the college football season if, in fact, there is one,” he said. “And I’m telling you right now I wouldn’t put it past any of those guys down there. I think it’s going on. I honestly … the numbers coming out of like Alabama, LSU and Clemson, all these teams? It’s too much of a coincidence. I don’t think it’s that crazy either.”
Clemson announced 14 new COVID-19 cases on the football team this past weekend, bringing the team’s total to 37 since student-athletes returned to campus on June 8. LSU has reported at least 30 positive cases, while Alabama also reported multiple cases. Two weeks ago, the University of Texas said 13 of its football players tested positive for the virus as well.
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