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Stars we lost in 2020 Wall Street is wrapping up its best quarter in decades Adam Silver admits NBA season could be halted due to COVID-19

The NBA continues to forge ahead with its plan to resume the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando on July 30. The backdrop here is a COVID-19 pandemic that’s growing in multiple big states, Florida included.

© Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports While confident that the bubble city in Orlando is safer for NBA players, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did admit that an outbreak would force the season to be halted.

In talking about the situation with TIME recently, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted that the season could be affected. He also wouldn’t 100% commit to it actually getting off the ground.

“Never full steam ahead no matter what,” Silver told TIME (h/t ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk). “One thing we are learning about this virus as much is [it’s] unpredictable, and we and our players together with their union look at the data on a daily basis. If there were something to change that was outside of the scope of what we are playing for, certainly we would revisit our plans.”

A widespread outbreak of COVID-19 at Walt Disney World would pretty much be the worst-case scenario for the NBA as it looks to resume a season that was suspended all the way back on March 11.

While confident that the bubble city in Orlando is safer for NBA players, he did admit that an outbreak would force the season to be halted.

“We are testing daily,” Silver continued. “We haven’t put a precise number on it but if we were to see a large number of cases and see spread in our community, that would of course be a cause to stop as well.”

Out of north of 300 players tested last week, 16 were shown to be positive for COVID-19. Since then, the likes of DeAndre Jordan have announced that they have the virus.

2019-20 NBA season

As noted above, the season is expected to resume on July 30. A total of 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams will take part. Each team will play eight regular-season games before the playoffs start.

As of right now, multiple players have exercised their ability to opt out of the season. It’s not necessarily a major trend, but it is something to keep an eye on with the season slated to resume in exactly a month.

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Hate Hoax: Oregon Politico Jonathan Lopez Admits He Wrote Racist Letter to Himself

Jonathan Lopez, an unsuccessful local candidate in Umatilla County, Oregon, has confessed to penning an anonymous racist letter to himself last month, police revealed this weekend.

Lopez, who is of Latino heritage, claimed to have discovered a letter addressed to him filled with racist slurs on June 23, which reportedly included the warning that he and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here,” according to KEPR-TV. However, he has now fessed up to being the author of the hateful message, the East Oregonian reports.

“The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today,” Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston told the newspaper.

“Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media,” Edmiston wrote. “The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”

He said the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office for review for initiating a false report, a Class A misdemeanor in Oregon.

Lopez shared a picture of the letter to his Facebook page and has since deleted it. “Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this county,” it said. “[W]e will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f–king Mexicans in the area!”

In his comments on the purported hate mail, Lopez claimed that he “holds no resentment for whomever wrote this.”

“I’m just simply heartbroken for the lack of knowledge, education, and respect missing,” he stated. “I pray for you and wish you prosperity in your life.”

Lopez lost a primary election for a seat on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners in May 2020. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Lopez were not successful. He told the East Oregonian that he meant to speak with Edmiston about racism in Umatilla County and use the letter as an example of the type of racism people experience.

“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out,” he said in the written admission acquired by Edmiston. Lopez said he “never meant to mislead” the public with the fabricated message.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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