Joe Ingles would leave the National Basketball Association immediately to protect his autistic son from the coronavirus

Paola Ditto
Marzo 26, 2020

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Joe Ingles admits he would leave the National Basketball Association immediately in order to protect his autistic son from the coronavirus.

"I could walk out of this gym now, in the clothes I'm in, and go to the airport". I would have zero issues (with that choice) because I wouldn't want to put my family through that.

Utah Jazz veteran Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month - marking the first sight of the virus in the National Basketball Association, which quickly prompted the league to suspend operations - and guard Donovan Mitchell followed suit. I don't want to put his sister through that, and I definitely don't want to put his mother through that.

Joe Ingles is one of the top sharpshooters in the National Basketball Association.

But as the 32-year-old shared in a revealing, 55-minute visit on the Tampering podcast with myself and Joe Vardon on Tuesday, in which he took us through this surreal experience, the fact that their autistic son, Jacob, is more at risk because of his weakened immune system means the fear is still fresh. "So it's really hard", Ingles told Sam Amick of The Athletic.

"I would love to go back and play".

"There's a million reasons why I want to play". "But the one reason - I love Jacob - to not play is the one reason I would stick by". In all, 14 players have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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