Mozeliak says he has 'no factual reason to believe' Cardinals players went to a casino

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By Ben Boyd, KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - With the news of 13 members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization having tested positive for COVID-19 up to this point, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak was asked about a report of players breaking league rules by going to a casino.

“I have no factual reason to believe that is true, and I have not seen any proof of that,” Mozeliak said. After a pause, he added: “If they were at a casino, though, that would be disappointing.”

Former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr. tweeted Saturday that he heard a few players went to a casino.

A few Marlins go to a club & now hearin a few Cardinals went to a Casino? That’s not following protocols. #MLB Players are furious cause 28 other teams have worked hard to follow guidelines. #smh.

— Jerry Hairston, Jr. (@TheRealJHair) August 1, 2020

Mozeliak went on to address the outbreak:

"In fairness, you’re in a pandemic, and it’s almost impossible to say we can build a dome around ourselves and move from city to city and from our home to the ballpark ... we understood there was going to be risk ... but I think it’s just the inherent risk of playing under a pandemic. Would it feel better if someone was at a strip joint, and that just made this answer easier because you don’t go to a strip joint so you won’t bring it into your house? The point is anything can happen, and we tried to put things in place that would prevent this from happening but it just shows you how challenging that is."

Mozeliak said eight of the 13 personnel who tested positive have experienced headaches, low-grade fevers, and coughs after testing positive, but no one has required hospitalization.

“I don’t think there is anything we could’ve done differently on the road. I’m very confident this originated in St. Louis, and with the timing of the test we happened to be on the road," Mozeliak says. "I don’t know what we could do differently other than not put someone who is infected on our plane."

The Cardinals will not play a game until Friday at the soonest. 

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