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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Reveals He Sat Next to Justin Turner By Choice During World Series Picture

Despite his positive COVID-19 test, Doc made sure to sit right next to JT in the picture.



The topic of Justin Turner’s positive COVID-19 test doesn’t seem to be one that will be going away any time soon. The Dodgers infielder caused quite the commotion when he was removed from the game after his test results were revealed. He caused even more of a commotion when he went on the field to celebrate the World Series victory despite knowing he was positive.

Unfortunately for JT,  the media and MLB both turned on him pretty quickly despite his team asking him to come onto the field. Dodgers teammate Blake Treinen revealed this week that JT was being painted in an unfair light, and now manager Dave Roberts has something to say bout it. 

Making an appearance on Good Day LA, Doc was asked if he felt that he felt like he was at risk with JT on the field since he is a cancer survivor. Roberts’ answer was that not only did he not feel at risk, but he chose to sit with Turner during the team picture. 

I did not. We were all in the bubble together and Justin was actually the biggest advocate for the players to kind of mind and adhere to all of the protocols. So how he got it, I have no idea. I voluntarily sat next to him. Yes I have a pre-existing condition, but that’s on me. Justin, I just love him like a son. 

Roberts chose to sit next to Turner despite the positive test and that neither were wearing masks during the picture portion of the Dodgers World Series celebration. Whether that was meant to be a sign of solidarity and support for JT isn’t clear, but knowing Doc that’s likely exactly what it was. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. JT
    He is a part of the team. Don’t you think after 6 plus innings it was a little late to pull him. All test results should have been given to management before the game. This is the usual anti Dodger crap. So happy for all the Dodger players. Ms. PJ Z of Ca.

  2. Biggest NOTHING ever he was with everyone in the “bubble” . If he passed the covid, which is a cold to 99.97% of Healthy individuals (Cdc reported deaths of 0-24 yr olds……..442) he had already done it. The fact he had a positive test came after he’d done BP. Pre game suited up. Played 8 innings….jus saying

  3. I didn’t realize Dave Roberts was an idiot. Turner is stupid and selfish. Its no wonder so many people root against the Dodgers. No class, no smarts.

  4. Phil Franken you’re an idiot!Only one at fault here is MLB. FOR NOT SECURING ALL PLAYERS WHO WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GO OUT OF THE BUBBLE BUT HOTEL EMPLOYEES WERE ALLOWED TO GO HOME COME BACK AND SO ON AND SO ON.THEY WANT TO BLAME JT WHEN MANFRED MESSED UP AGAIN.AS FOR CLASS NOBODY IN MLB WILL EVER HAVE MORE CLASS THAN THE DODGERS NEED I REMIND YOU ABOUT JACKIE ROBINSON.

  5. World Series Champs….. If he wanted to sit next to him it’s his choice. No one with covid sat next to u so mind ur own business. And don’t hate cuz WE WON!!!!! YES… THE DODGERS ARE THAT GOOD. GET OVER IT. UR TEAM SUCKS!!!

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