More pro athletes test positive for COVID-19

The rise in cases comes as some leagues are trying to restart their seasons.
2:09 | 07/04/20

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Next, the names of pro sports teams are under fresh scrutiny. Tonight, the Cleveland Indians. In a statement, the baseball team saying, "We are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward." Last year, the Indians stopped using the image of a native American chief as their logo. And as professional sports slowly get back to business, a growing number of athletes and staff are testing positive for the coronavirus. They are also coming back to teams confronting issues of social justice. Now some players are having second thoughts. Here's ABC's Alex Presha. Reporter: Tonight, one of NASCAR's biggest stars testing positive for covid-19. Legendary champion Jimmie Johnson learned he and his wife have the virus. He'll be forced to miss tomorrow's race in Indianapolis. We're trying to be as healthy as we can, but on the home front with our kids, you know, we're heartbroken right now, to see the fear in their eyes. Reporter: Johnson's diagnosis highlights an ongoing problem -- how to restart sports while keeping athletes healthy. Major league baseball teams just reported for spring training for a shortened season, while announcing 31 players have tested positive for the virus. All-star Mike trout not hiding Honestly, I still don't feel comfortable. You know, obviously, with the baby coming, there's a lot of stuff going through my mind right now, my wife's mind, my family. Reporter: The NBA is also trying to return to action later this month. Several players now concerned about the pandemic. I don't have much confidence. But hopefully, you know, it will be handled to a point where, like, we not putting everybody at risk or in a dangerous position. Reporter: Others voicing concerns over the social unrest and protests taking place across the country. We're isolated in a bubble in the middle of a hot spot in the middle of Florida while there's social unrest going on in the country. Reporter: Whit, at least 25 NBA players have tested positive for the virus so far. Still, commissioner Adam silver says he's pretty confident in the league's plan to safely resume. Whit? Alex, thank you. And we also want to note, this is your first report here on "World news tonight," welcome to the team.

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