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MLB Not Penalizing Justin Turner for Celebrating with Team After COVID Diagnosis

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Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

An apology is all it took to get Justin Turner out of trouble with the MLB.

The Dodgers’ third baseman had faced criticism for celebrating with teammates on the field the night they won the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The problem with that, officials said at the time, was that he had been pulled from the game and placed into isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

However, he still socialized with other players anyway.

Now, it seems the whole thing has been cleared up.

According to a story from the Associated Press, league officials announced last week that Turner has apologized to the team, and will not face disciplinary action.

Turner’s statement reads in part, I have spoken with almost every teammate, coach, and staff member, and my intentions were never to make anyone uncomfortable or put anyone at further risk.”

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred added that Turner’s teammates had encouraged him to rejoin them on the field for photos after the big win on Oct. 26, despite knowing he had tested positive for the virus.