Thursday’s Mashup: Rob Gronkowski to host two-night WrestleMania event

Lucy Burdge
March 19, 2020 - 7:53 am
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
The Fab Five, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

-- WrestleMania will still go on despite the coronavirus pandemic and Rob Gronkowski announced on Wednesday he will host the two-night event. 

The event will take place on April 4 and 5 and was moved from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. A WWE spokesperson said on Wednesday the event will also take place at multiple other locations. 

-- NBA commissioner Adam Silver responded on Wednesday to those criticizing the NBA for players having more access to coronavirus tests than members of the public. 

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted criticism on Tuesday night, saying the tests should be for the sick, not the wealthy. 

And Silver responded on SportsCenter.

“I, of course, understand his point,” Silver said. “But it’s unfortunate we’re at this point in society where it’s triage when it comes to testing, which is a fundamental issue obviously as there are insufficient tests. I’d only say in the case of the NBA, we’ve been following the recommendations of public health officials. “I mean, let me begin with the situation in Oklahoma City last Wednesday night. The Utah Jazz did not ask to be tested. The Oklahoma public health official there on the spot not only required that they be tested, but they weren’t allowed to leave their locker room … for at least four after the game, where they had to stay (with) masks on in the locker room.”

Silver also said he thinks the reaction is overblown. 

“Again, I understand from a public health standpoint why some people reacted the way they did, but I’d say from an NBA standpoint we were following directives,” Silver said. “And I’d add on top of that, as much credit the NBA for being a first-mover here… But, but for the fact we had tested Rudy Gobert, I mean there is a chance we were playing for several more days. … I understand there are many sides to these issues, but I also think that by virtue of an NBA player being tested and the kind of attention it brought, my sense was especially among young people in the United States, people were not taking these protocols all that seriously until the NBA did what it did.” 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What a ride the last decade has been. Boston has been so good to us and will always be in our hearts. We will forever have wonderful memories,” she captioned the photos. “Our kids were born and raised there and we have made special friendships to last a lifetime. I’ll miss our friends, the beautiful change of seasons and the rides to the stadium to go cheer for Tom and the Pats. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of my husband and our family throughout all these years. We will miss you!” -- Gisele Bundchen, in a tribute post to Boston on Instagram
 

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