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Dwayne Johnson, the Rock, Tests Positive for the Coronavirus – The New York Times

Movies|Dwayne Johnson Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Urging Fans to Wear Masks

The actor and former wrestler known as the Rock said on Instagram that his entire family had tested positive. “It has nothing to do with politics,” he said. “Wear your mask.”

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Dwayne Johnson, the actor and former wrestler known as the Rock, announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he and his family had recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr. Johnson, 48, said they had become infected around two and a half weeks ago, from “very close family friends.” He called it “one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family,” but added that he and his family were now “on the other end of it” and were healthy and no longer contagious.

While the symptoms were mild for his youngest daughters, Jasmine and Tiana, Mr. Johnson said he and his wife had a “rough go” with the virus.

Mr. Johnson also used urged people to wear masks.

“It baffles me that some people out there — including some politicians — will take this idea of wearing masks and make it part of a political agenda,” he said.

“It has nothing to do with politics,” he said. “Wear your mask.”

Mr. Johnson added that his mother, who had part of her lungs removed before recovering from lung cancer, still wears a mask “every day.”

His announcement comes as coronavirus cases increase around the world, with over 26 million people infected and at least 862,000 dead from the virus, according to a New York Times database.

In the United States, at least 1,074 deaths and over 40,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday, when Mr. Johnson posted to Instagram about his experience with Covid-19.

While Mr. Johnson said he and his family still trust the friends from whom they contracted the coronavirus, he advised people to take all precautions before seeing others. “Think twice about who you have over to your house,” he said.

Mr. Johnson joins a long list of celebrities, athletes and public figures who have contracted the virus and called on the public to treat it seriously by wearing masks, social distancing and taking other precautions. The list includes Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks and his wife, the actress Rita Wilson; athletes like the basketball players Kevin Durant and Rudy Gobert; and world leaders such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain.

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The XFL had “no other qualified bids,” beyond Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s – NBC Sports – NFL

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So how did Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his partners finagle the XFL’s carcass for only $15 million? Reportedly, there were no other viable buyers.

Daniel Kaplan of reports that the court presiding over the XFL’s bankruptcy case wrote Monday that “no other Qualified Bids were received by the Bid Deadline.” Only two bids arrived before last week’s deadline for making offers, and only Johnson’s passed muster.

That explains the reason for the cancellation of Monday’s auction; there would have been only one bidder.

Kaplan reports that the committee of “unsecured creditors” have objected to the proposed sale, arguing that the terms are “generally inconsistent with market standards” and that the sales agreement includes the ability to claw back certain payments made in the 90-day and one-year periods, allegedly exceeding $60 million.

The purchase of the league requires court approval. Absent another entity offering more money for the XFL than The Rock and his partners, it’s hard to call the deal anything other than what it is: The best one available.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson asks Trump: ‘Where are you?’ in powerful speech – The Mercury News

Movie star and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has released a video calling out Donald Trump and bemoaning what he sees as a lack of presidential leadership amid the nation’s anguish and outrage over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

In the eight-minute-long video posted to his Instagram account, Johnson, a Hayward native, asked, “Where are you? Where is our leader? Where are you? Where is our leader at this time? At this time when our country is down on its knees, begging, pleading, hurt, angry, frustrated, in pain, begging and pleading with its arms out just wanting to be heard.”

He also slammed the president’s use of military force on peaceful protestors:

“There is military force that has been deployed on our own people. Looters, yes. Criminals, absolutely. But on protesters, who are begging and pleading, our protesters who are in pain? You know, you would be surprised how people in pain would respond when you say to them, ‘I care about you.’ When you say to them, ‘I’m listening to you.’”

The Rock ends with a call for individuals to unite and become leaders on their own.

“As we continue to wait for that leader to emerge, I would recommend to all of you that we must become the leaders we are looking for. We become our own leaders because we’re doing it now. We’re doing it now. We must become the leaders we are looking for.”

You can view the video below:

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