USA Basketball senior men’s national team guard Bradley Beal has been placed in health and safety protocols, a person familiar with the development told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive nature of the situation.
USA Basketball released a statement Wednesday but did not name the player and no offered no additional details, simply saying, “A member of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team has been placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols.”
It is unknown if Beal has tested positive for COVID-19, or if the situation is related to contact tracing. COVID guidelines for athletes prior to arriving in Tokyo state:
- Athletes are expected to monitor their symptoms for the 14 days before they are to arrive in Tokyo.
- If any athlete experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before arrival, they should not travel to Japan. They must also inform their COVID liaison officer and consult with a medical professional for next steps.
- Every U.S. athlete must have two negative COVID tests, done on separate days, within 96 hours of departure. One of those tests has to be within 72 hours of departure.
- If a COVID-19 test is positive, the athlete must immediately begin self-isolation in line with local rules and contact their COVID liaison officer, who will record symptoms, test results and close contacts, as well as inform Tokyo officials and agree on next steps.
Beal, a star guard for the Washington Wizards, had 17 points in the United States’ 108-80 exhibition victory against Argentina on Tuesday. This is the first time he was named to the Olympic team.