ESPN’s Jay Williams tests positive for coronavirus, won’t broadcast rest of NBA Finals on ABC

ESPN host and analyst Jay Williams won’t broadcast the remaining games of the NBA Finals because he has tested positive for coronavirus. 

Williams, who in a video posted online said he is vaccinated, is “doing OK.” He will, however, miss the remainder of the NBA Finals in his role as an analyst on ABC’s live on-site studio coverage during games alongside Maria Taylor, Adrian Wojnarowski and Jalen Rose. 

“The last couple of days for me have been challenging. But I wanted to be the first to tell you guys that you will not see me at Game 5, Game 6 or a potential Game 7 of the NBA Finals because I have tested positive for COVID. I have received both my shots. I am fully vaccinated. But this is our new normal.” 

Williams will quarantine in a hotel room for the next 10 days. His 2 1/2-year-old daughter is immunosuppressed, he said, so he and his family have been “hypersensitive” to the virus. 

“This is a great reminder … that we have to continue to be as diligent as possible,” he said. 

The former Duke Blue Devils star thanked well-wishers and said he was thankful for his vaccination because “the symptoms weren’t as bad as it could have been.” 

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