Vikings announce head trainer Eric Sugarman tested positive for COVID-19

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The Vikings announced that their head athletic trainer, Eric Sugarman, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sugarman was heading up the Vikings’ efforts to get their facility set up so that players could work safely with as little risk of exposure as possible, but Sugarman himself was somehow exposed, as was his family.

“I have an immense amount of pride in the effort I have personally put forth to protect the NFL family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and our community with thoughtfulness and decision-making based on the current science over these last four months,” Sugarman said in a statement. “I am humble to be serving in that capacity as it has been some of the most rewarding work of my career. But as I sit here in quarantine, it is clear this virus does not discriminate. It should continue to be taken seriously. I encourage people to take the necessary precautions and follow guidelines that have been established nationally and locally.”

Sugarman is well regarded in NFL circles and surely aware of all the recommended precautions for avoiding the virus, but sometimes catching it is unavoidable. And for the NFL to play its season successfully, not only will players have to stay safe and healthy, but team staff members will as well. That won’t be easy.

13 responses to “Vikings announce head trainer Eric Sugarman tested positive for COVID-19

  1. “…but sometimes catching it is unavoidable.”

    That’s the smartest thing I’ve heard said about this pandemic since it started.

  2. Going to be a multiple year pandemic here in Plague, USA. Somehow the civilized world got it under control in a matter of months though.

  3. Got it from his family — that’s why the NFL is going to have a tough time with this since it’s virtually impossible to put the NFL in a bubble and with all the moving participants, and there is just too much chance for exposure from outside sources. It is more than a little ironic that Sug was one of the department heads leading the team’s covid preparation. And there is likley no truth to the rumor that stellar and free were seen surreptitiously sneezing on his doorknob last week.

  4. Watched the video he did with PK. If he’s got it, then this season won’t go well.

  5. Possibly the most Covid-19 attentive and careful guy in the NFL and HE gets it. Best of luck to Mr. Sugarman and to his family! And good luck to the Vikings and the NFL.

    I don’t think we are going to actually have a season, but still hoping for the best.

  6. That should do it. 2020 season no more. How many people has he been in contact with? All of these lead trainers are essentially the gatekeeper of the virus spreading since they’ll be in contact with every player so much.

    Goodell is a moron.

  7. Apparently they tested all personnel around him and nobody else had it, and he hasn’t been in contact with any players in 24 days. This is going to just keep happening and happening…

  8. I wonder how many people are testing positive, only because they have to get tested- but otherwise had no idea they had it?

  9. Aloha,
    Rats!. Sorry to hear that Eric Sugarman and his family got it. Peter K did a nice job describing how seriously and thoroughly the Vikings were preparing to be safe. Marlins probably did their best, too.

    Every school in America will certainly do a better job than those teams did. Children and teachers are safe. No worries there.

    The PAN in Pandemic means…?

    Respect to the players that decide to not play.
    Respect to the players that decide to play.

  10. I wonder how many people are testing positive, only because they have to get tested- but otherwise had no idea they had it?
    A good question. There may be many – maybe even a majority – but they are still at risk of spreading it to someone who could really struggle with it.

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