Hall Of Famer Patrick Ewing Tests Positive For COVID-19

Knicks Legend and current Georgetown Coach tests positive for Coronavirus

Yet another sports superstar is being directly impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Yesterday, Georgetown University’s Athletics Department released a statement saying Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19. Ewing decided he wanted to share his diagnosis publicly so that people understand the virus can affect anybody.

In the statement released by the university, Ewing had some important things to say about the Pandemic. He said, “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly… I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.”

According to the school, Ewing is the only member of the Georgetown Men’s Basketball program to test positive for the virus. At this time, Ewing is currently being cared for at a local hospital in Washington DC where he remains in isolation.

Patrick Ewing played in the NBA from 1985 to 2002. He bounced around as an assistant coach for a few different teams after he retired from his playing career. Ewing has served as the head coach of the Georgetown Men’s Basketball team since 2017.

NCAA Supports Player Payment Plan

NCAA’s highest governing body says it supports a proposal to allow athletes to profit off their image

Earlier today, the NCAA’s top governing body said it supports a proposed plan that would allow student-athletes to sign endorsement contracts and receive compensation for other types of work. The NCAA did specify the schools that players attend cannot be involved in the players’ payments. The Board of Governors said that student-athletes can benefit and profit from third-party endorsements, social media campaigns, and personal appearances at events.

The organization originally launched a group to help the NCAA modernize its rules regarding players profiting off their image. The working groups devised this proposal and presented it to the NCAA during its Board of Governors meeting yesterday afternoon.

According to the NCAA’s news release, players are allowed to appear in advertisements. They are also allowed to reference their particular sport and/or school. However, the NCAA said that student-athletes are prohibited from using School or Conference logos.

The NCAA’s three rule-making divisions will now take the proposal into further consideration. The groups are expected to adopt the new name, image, and likeness rules by January. The rules will come into effect at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.