ESPN anchor and analyst Jay Williams tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the rest of the NBA Finals.
The news is yet another volley in ESPN’s coverage of the games. Reporter Maria Taylor’s contract expires on July 20, just before Game 6, which could mean she would no longer be available.
Williams said in an online video that he has been vaccinated and is “fine.” He will miss the rest of the series, where he provides an analysis of the ABC studio coverage alongside Taylor, Adrian Wojnarowski and Jalen Rose.
“The last few days have been challenging for me. But I wanted to be the first to tell you that you will not see me in Game 5, Game 6 or a possible Game 7 of the NBA Finals because I have tested positive for COVID. I have received both of my injections. I am fully vaccinated. But this is our new normal. “
Williams plans to quarantine himself in a hotel for 10 days. He has an immunosuppressed 2.5-year-old daughter, which, he said, made the family sensitive to the issue.
“This is a great reminder … that we have to continue to be as diligent as possible,” he said.