By Michael O’SullivanThe NHL’s reigning MVP has a message for the nation: “Don’t let your guard down.”
While the NBA MVP was quick to reassure fans and the media after the news broke of the first case of the coronax virus in the U.S. in three weeks, Mann also made a case for why she doesn’t trust politicians.
“I’m going to have to look at it differently, you know, I’ve been hoping this could happen,” she told a group of reporters outside her home in Los Angeles.
“I don’t want to be one of those politicians that says, ‘Well, that’s the end of the world.
I’ll never get into the Olympics, I’m done.
There’s going to be a pandemic and all of a sudden, you’re going to want to go and make me a scapegoat.
That’s not going to happen.”
Mann, who was in the middle of a road trip through California and Arizona, was in a car in front of her home when the first cases were reported, according to local news reports.
Mann has not responded to multiple requests for comment.
“She’s always said that she has no political agenda and is totally focused on winning,” said her longtime agent, Scott Borchardt.
“She’s never talked about politics.
And she is doing all the right things to try to get her life back together.
She’s not running for public office.
She has a family to feed and support.
I think that’s what people are counting on.”
While she says she’s confident in her abilities to manage the coronacox, Mann told reporters, “I’m not sure what I’m going see from my friends and family about me doing anything.”
“I don, in fact, feel a little bit guilty,” she added.
“Because of how I’ve lived my life, I really don’t feel the need to have anyone else tell me how to live my life.”
“But I am so grateful that we have the ability to have this information, that people are able to be informed and have their own perspective,” she said.