MLB won't discipline Justin Turner for World Series celebration


Major League Baseball won't discipline Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner for celebrating his team's World Series title on the field following a positive coronavirus test, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday. 

"Mr. Turner has publicly recognized that his conduct was wrong and has expressed remorse for his conduct," Manfred said in the statement. "I have spoken to him personally and I know he is extraordinarily upset by the incident."

During the eighth inning of the decisive Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, the Dodgers were informed that Turner tested positive for COVID-19. He was immediately removed from the game and placed into isolation.

However, following the Dodgers' victory, Turner broke his isolation and returned to the field to celebrate with his teammates, and was seen without a mask at times, too.

In MLB's statement, both the league and Turner accepted responsibility for what happened.

"I will not make any excuse for my conduct," Turner wrote. "I sincerely apologize to everyone on the field for failing to appreciate the risks of returning to the field."

Turner, who turns 36 later this month, is currently a free agent. He has spent the last seven seasons with the Dodgers, earning All-Star honors in 2017.

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