The National Football League thought they had a large amount of COVID-19 cases until a New Jersey lab re-examined the results and found 77 ‘positive’ tests from 11 teams had actually been false positives.
The lab, BioReference, is checking the results again to make sure they are in fact negative. According to ESPN, it’s claimed the bad results resulted from an “isolated contamination during test preparation.”
Among the many tests, the Minnesota Vikings said they had 12, the New York Jets 10, and the Chicago Bears claimed to have nine.
The bad results resulted in some teams not practicing, certain players missing out, and some activities canceled.
ESPN reported that the Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had to sit out on Sunday practice because of his false result.
After rapid testing showing the players as negative, all of them can go back to normal activities today.
It is not clear how common this is, but it raises concerns among sports fans as false results can mean less events and teams having to sit out.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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