Turner initially did not join his teammates in the stadium for the celebration of the game afterwards and tweeted: “Can’t believe I can not be there to celebrate with us!”
However, he eventually returned to the field to celebrate, hugging his teammates, taking photos with his followers and sometimes not wearing a mask, which led to criticism from both the 35-year-old third and the Dodgers organization.
“I do not think there is anyone who can stop him from leaving [onto the field], “Andrew Friedman, Dodgers chairman of baseball operations, told reporters after the game.
Friedman added that Turner was careful not to contact those he “did not interact with,” but said he did not follow him during the post-game celebrations.
“If there are people around him without masks, that’s not a good sight,” Friedman said.
A team spokesman told CNN that the Dodgers returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday, but Turner did not fly with the team.
In a statement, MLB said Turner “chose not to pay attention to the joint protocol agreed upon and the advice he received on the safety and security of others.”
It added: “While the desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to be left alone and spanked is wrong and puts everyone he comes in at risk. Refuses to comply.”
The MLB said an investigation by the authorities’ office was under way and that both Rays and the Dodgers were re-tested today.
Turner was the first MLB player to test positively for the Covid-19 since the league involved the team, the Champions League and the World Cup, held at the Central Stadium to reduce travel and the potential for the virus to spread.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told Fox during a post-game interview that it was a “fun night for the league”.
“We are glad we did,” he said. “I think it was a great performance for our players to finish the season, but of course we are concerned when any of our players test positive.
“We learned during the game that Justin was positive. He immediately broke away to prevent the spread.”
The crowd attended to witness the Dodgers’ Game 6 win over Manfred during a post-game speech. The riots escalated to the point where the commissioners suspended in an attempt to kill them.
Health officials announced Monday that at least 7,000 people have died from coronavirus in Los Angeles County.
According to officials, the increase in cases – more than 300,000 people have been infected in the country’s most populous metropolitan area – is strongly linked to private and public gatherings for sports activities.
At a news conference Monday, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the County County Health Department, said more people are joining the mix than expected because sports keep people together across the area.