The dominoes continue to fall in the world of sports.
This afternoon, the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic – two of the premier end-of-year annual high school basketball events – were canceled.
Within just a few hours of each another, both Jordan and McDonald’s made public announcements to officially cancel both events.
“As we continue to navigate through the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we are cancelling this year’s Jordan Brand Classic planned for March 27,” Jordan said in a statement. “While we understand how disappointing this is for the athletes, their families, and the communities who were excited to participate, in everything we do, we must prioritize the health and safety of our employees, athletes and consumers. All tickets purchased for the game to date will be refunded.”
“After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Games and all associated events,” McDonald’s announced. “We made this very difficult decision in order to protect the health and safety of the players, coaches, fans, and event staff.
“We know how much the McDonald’s All-American Games means to the tremendously talented 48 high school athletes selected to the roster. Canceling the Games does not diminish the contributions they have already made to the sport and their communities – nothing can take away the fact that each of them will forever be a McDonald’s All American.”
This year, Kentucky men’s basketball signees B.J. Boston and Terrence Clarke were named to the McDonald’s All-American Game, while Boston, Clarke, along with fellow signees Devin Askew and Isaiah Jackson were named to the Jordan Brand Classic.
Kentucky women’s basketball signee Treasure Hunt was also selected to participate at both events.