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Raptors’ Chris Boucher apologizes for violating quarantine

Raptors big Chris Boucher

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 8: Chris Boucher #25 of the Toronto Raptors arrives to the arena prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 8, 2020 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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As the Jazz’s most recent opponent, the Raptors were quickly told to self-quarantine after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. The Raptors announced their players, coaches and travelling staff were advised to isolate for 14 days.

Yet, Toronto backup big Chris Boucher was spotted at a grocery store.

CityNews Toronto:

Blake Murphy of The Athletic:

Thankfully, Boucher (and all Raptors) tested negative for coronavirus. But it was totally irresponsible and reckless of him to go out before knowing that result.

We should all make efforts to socially distance. The burden to isolate is even higher on those who show symptoms or came into close contact with someone who test positive. With a limited supply of tests, those fortunate enough to get tested face an even greater obligation to isolate with results pending.

Good for Boucher for apologizing. Hopefully, it’s a lesson for others.