As the deadly threat of the Coronavirus spreads, what went underreported were the fears of the players, before their respective leagues made the call to effectively grind American sports to a halt.
Until Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive, forcing the NBA to shut down and all its players to self-quarantine, there was a real sense that the show must go on. That games, perhaps without fanfare, would still be played, with those same players traveling city to city risking exposure at nearly every turn.
"I think it's just something to be aware of," Carlson said. "Maybe it's just a good realization for people just to have common, general cleanliness and wash your hands and all that sort of stuff. I think maybe it's a good reminder for everyone to do that, even though we were supposed to be doing that since the last couple hundred years."
"We can't help where he have to go and what we have to do," Carlson said. "So yeah, it doesn't really stop us in any way, other than just I guess be careful with shaking people's hands and all that, the little things that maybe you could make a difference. I think the scary part of it is, if you do get it, it's not like they're gonna probably let you come back to work. So that's the only scary part for us."
Carlson's perspective informs our own, about what was truly at stake and why the leagues shutting down – while it robs us of our own escapism – was ultimately the correct decision to make.