A party bus might be the reason Memphis is forced to delay–or even cancel–its second game of the season.
According to The Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Tigers Football team has reportedly received at least 20 positive tests for the coronavirus with at least another 20 in quarantine after coming in close contact with a person who tested positive. Most of the cases have come from players on the defensive side of the ball and a number of them can reportedly be traced back to a party bus that featured members of the team onboard.
According to ESPN, Memphis has since put a pause on all football-related activities and the team’s upcoming game against Houston (scheduled for Sept. 18) is now in jeopardy.
Reporting with @mgiannotto and @munzly: Memphis has at least 20 people within the football program who have tested positive for COVID-19 and "at least 20" more who are in quarantine due to contact tracing according to multiple sources.https://t.co/kqxBlgJrls
— Evan Barnes?? (@evan_b) September 11, 2020
Memphis starting defensive tackle O’Bryan Goodson took to Twitter to defend his team, saying that there was no such party bus. The school later provided a statement, saying that the positive cases were “primarily linked to social events outside of official football activities.”, according to The Commerical Appeal.
Lies Dog! Nobody Had A Party Nor Was On A Party Bus!! Arkansas St needs to be the ones Tested?? We’ve been doing what we’re supposed to do , all this came after we played them! https://t.co/5YPJBw2Dx4
— OB Goodson Jr. #??1?? (@OBryanGoodson) September 11, 2020
A source told ESPN that Memphis plans to restest on Saturday with hopes of resuming practice on Monday. The status of next Friday’s game against Houston will be decided later in the week after the school meets with the American Athletic Conference COVID-19 medical advisory group.