Just last night, the NBA announced that it was indefinitely suspending games across the league in the wake of the Coronavirus. One player happened to be streaming through Twitch at the time of the announcement, and he learned of the news live on air.
This player would be Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. While streaming Call of Duty: Warzone, the newly-released battle royale spin-off, Booker learned of the NBA's decision to suspend games across the entire league. You can see the revelation in the clip below.
“WTF bro...” Devin Booker found out the NBA was suspended while on Twitch. pic.twitter.com/m0TERskT2Q— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 12, 2020
After briefly reacting to the suspension of the NBA, Booker is stunned into relative silence. Earlier this week it was reported that NBA owners were leaning towards playing games without a live crowd, but now the league has been fully suspended.
The decision comes in the wake of an NBA player testing positive for the Coronavirus, the disease that originated from the city of Wuhan, China, earlier this year. After spreading to every region of mainland China, the virus has spread all around the world, causing most of Italy to be quarantined in particular.
Last night, it was announced that Tom Hanks and Rita Ora had both tested positive for the Coronavirus while in Australia. While the NBA's suspension of the remainder of the regular season doesn't come as a massive surprise given the rapid spread of the virus, it doesn't make it any less shocking.