Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga said Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ogbongbemiga, a second-team All-Big 12 selection last year, announced on Twitter.
After participating in a protest in Tulsa AND well protected for myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.
– Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) June 3, 2020
Ogbongbemiga was one of 30 players returning to campus on Monday, the first phase of Oklahoma State athletes returning to campus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. All of these players, as well as coaches and other employees, were tested for coronavirus, a source told ESPN.
Per university protocol, developed by a working group for the school headed by OSU̵
According to the school protocol, Ogbongbemiga’s quarantine will follow local and state health departments and the university’s guidelines, and he will be supervised by the team physician, sports education staff and all other medical consultants. The protocol also says that the school will begin contact, starting with Ogbongbemiga’s “cohort / training group.”
Players return to campus to prepare for a June 15 return to activities; The Big 12 recently announced that football teams may begin voluntary workouts on that date. The conference had set up a moratorium on all athletic activities in the middle of the pandemic.
Ogbongbemiga, who will be a senior this fall, was selected as the team’s defensive MVP last year and ranked sixth in the Big 12 with 100 tackles. He led the team and was fifth in the conference in tackles for loss, with 15.5.
In April, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy criticized a conference call saying he hoped to get his players back on May 1. He also said at the time that if someone was to test positive after returning to work, that person would be “quarantined, just like we do people who get the flu.”
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ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach contributed to this report