Malcom Delaney cut for refusal to leave US for Spain training camp.

https://www.cope.es/emisoras/cataluna/barcelona-provincia/barcelona/espo...

I don't completely understand the article (one of y'all want to translate), but from some twitter accounts it appears Malcom didn't feel comfortable going to Spain right now.

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KCCO

Yikes.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

My Spanish is pretty rusty but between what I know and Google Translate, Malcolm wanted to get back to the US before the country's airspace closed. He was instructed by the team to quarantine in his home, as was the case for everyone involved with the team, but he left for the US. He took his passport with him - the team normally keeps everyone's passports so no one ever forgets it during international travel.

Had he returned to Barcelona as the team wanted, he would have been forced to remain in a two-week quarantine (since he would be treated the same as any foreign national entering the country), which would make it difficult to undertake the training regimen needed to get himself in shape for the season.

When i click to the article i get an option to switch to english at the bottom.....

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

He's been balling in Europe, he will land somewhere.

TKPhi Damn Proud
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I mean, how much basketball is going to be happening in Europe this year?

Still, if you wanted to be on the train (and getting paid), you had to stay at the station and board it.

Sometimes, like this case, there's more than just "getting paid".

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@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I have no problem with his decision at all. It's ALWAYS about more than getting paid. They call it a "job" for a reason.

But that was, in fact, the choice.

If he wanted to be on the train, he needed to board it.

I don't doubt he can get back on later. He's a special player. May not happen this year.

I mean, how much basketball is going to be happening in Europe this year?

multiple countries have plans in place to restart their soccer leagues -- including german bundesliga tomorrow. I'd guess probably more basketball than you're expecting

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Are you really comparing basketball to soccer? In Europe?

Yes, but not because they're comparable in demand/revenue, rather the opposite. Allowed activities would be reintroduced smaller to bigger -- having soccer matches and people who might congregate to watch is probably two steps ahead of basketball in terms of scale

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

My point was that if Delaney wanted to play basketball, the path was clear on how to do that. He made the understandable choice to be with his family.

And that spectator sports will be taking a hit in Europe this year, which has implications for players.

And let's be clear, there isn't any butt-hurt on Delaney's side. He made the decision he made a few weeks/months ago to be with his family. He owns that. Now, things have ramped up and he WANTED to re-join the team, but the deal is that foreign travelers has to self-quarantine for 14 days. That means even if he were to go back today, he couldn't participate in team activities in person until 14 days from now. The TEAM felt that wasn't within their time-frame, and cut Delaney. He hasn't tweeted out any sour grapes or anything.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Yeah, it's a bummer because he's a high-quality guy.

A lot of people had to make some hard decisions during that time period without a lot of great data. Some of the reporting was making it look like the end of the world, which put folks who were worried about being separated from their families in a tough spot.

It's unfortunate that the team won't reconsider.

Seems to me he did the right thing at the right time. If I was in his shoes, I'd probably do the same thing. I'm sure he has no regrets, nor should he.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis