Sean Payton sends message of transparency by letting world know diagnosis

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Sean Payton is the first person in the NFL world to have been diagnosed with coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and he told a story just by letting us know.

The New Orleans Saints, along with the NFL world, have followed on the cautious side when dealing with the new coronavirus that is sweeping the United States. Now, Sean Payton has it, and he let us all know.

Originating in China, the virus has numerous industries on lockdown. The NBA is suspended, along with most other major sports reading to enter their season. As for the NFL season, they been done for about a month and a half at this point.

That said, the virus has torn through countries like South Korea and Italy. While not demoralizing to the United State quite yet, it is starting to have more serious effects. Numerous NBA players have contracted the virus, and Sean Payton is the first NFL personnel.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news.

He didn’t have to release the results. He could’ve stayed quiet, gotten through the virus that attacks a human’s respiratory system, and attempted to manage his day-to-day life in the meantime.

That’s not how Payton has managed his personal life nor his time as a head coach. He is open for transparency and does what’s right for his player, for his team, and this time, for the sake of those around him.

Obviously the next steps are to get Payton any treatment he needs and to allow him time to rest. As the disease worsens in the United State, more players will have to follow his example and allow those around them to know.

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Payton is such a high-character individual, and to be the first in the NFL realm infect by the disease, we wish him nothing but a quick and speedy recovery.

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