MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns went to social media overnight, unable to sleep after revealing his mother had been diagnosed with Coronavirus.
Towns was understandably emotional in his message on social media, pausing and fighting tears at times.
His mother is now in a medically-induced coma, fighting the virus. His father has been released from the hospital and is on mandatory quarantine.
“Every day I always tell her how much I love her. It’s been very difficult for me and my family, to say the least. She’s the head of our household, she’s the boss,” Towns said in the video. “This disease is real, this disease needs to not to be taken lightly. My family is going to keep fighting this, we’re going to beat it, we’re going to win.”
The Timberwolves released a statement on Towns' mother Wednesday afternoon.
“The Timberwolves organization extends its support and prayers to Jackie and the entire Towns family during this difficult time. Jackie is a part of our extended family and we, along with the rest of the NBA and its fans, will fight this battle with the Towns family. We are proud of Karl’s commitment to helping others, most recently with his donation of $100,000 to Mayo Clinic to further testing for COVID-19. Our organization is supporting all of our players’ and staff’s families to ensure they are up to date on how to stay safe, and where the nearest testing facilities are located. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this pandemic,” the statement read.
Coronavirus has already proved to be deadly and shut down the entire sports landscape. That all started with a positive test from Rudy Gobert, which forced the suspension of the NBA season, all NCAA winter championships and potentially the spring season. The NHL, MLB and MLS are all on hold.
In the hours since the news, several NBA players and friends of Towns have taken to social media to offer their support. The names include Donovan Mitchell, diagnosed with Covid-19 himself, Al Horford, former Wolves teammate Zach LaVine, Isaiah Thomas, Jusuf Nurkic and Joe Ingles.
More than 10 NBA players have been diagnosed with Coronavirus since the news on Gobert came down. Perhaps most notably is Kevin Durant, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency and is in the process of coming back from a torn Achilles.
Before the NBA suspended its season due to Coronavirus, the Wolves were 19-45 and Towns was recovering from a left wrist injury.