In case you missed it last night, the NHL fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for violating the league's COVID-19 protocols. In a statement released by the league, Capitals' players were accused of gathering social in close contact without wearing a face covering.
Subsequently the Capitals also announced that Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov, all Russians, have been added to the league's "COVID-Related Absence List." While this doesn't necessarily mean that this players have contract COVID-19... all signs certainly point in that direction.
Today Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette commented on the players' status and declared that they will miss "at least" the next four games while they quarantine. Laviolette wouldn't divulge full details, but did say that one of the Capitals' players has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the others have been quarantined under the NHL's contact tracing protocol.
Capitals reporter Samantha Pell reports that it was in fact Samsonov who tested positive for COVID-19.
Yesterday, the Capitals released a statement condemning the actions of these players. Ovechkin himself has also issued a statement.
Check it out:
Does that sound like a sincere apology from Ovechkin? Not even close. And you know why? It's not. At least, not as evidenced by Ovechkin's wife Anastasia and her take on the situation.
Check out this Instagram post from Anastasia where she absolutely rips the NHL for their inconsistent protocols:
I have to say... I kinda agree with her.
I mean, these guys sit side by side on the bench, they sweat on each other in practice, they're literally in each other's faces when they're playing the game, but once the final buzzer goes they're expected to just forget all that and keep to themselves? Talk about confusing times...
I'm all for physical distancing, mask wearing and other COVID-19 restrictions, but can common sense prevail at some point?