BREAKING: Jonquel Jones opts out of 2020 WNBA season due to COVID-19

2019 WNBA Finals - Game Five Jonquel Jones averaged 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds in 2019. | Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun has decided to sit out the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Today the Connecticut Sun announced that their best player, Jonquel Jones, will not be play in the 2020 WNBA season. In 2019, she averaged 14.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, was a legitimate MVP candidate and led the Sun through a five-game WNBA Finals series with eventual champion Washington Mystics.

Jones said regarding her decision:

After careful thought and consideration I’ve decided to forego the upcoming WNBA season and use this time to focus on personal, social, and familial growth. ... This was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made but the resurgence and unknown aspects of COVID-19 have raised serious health concerns that I do not feel comfortable competing in. I’d like to thank the Connecticut Sun organization, my teammates and fans for their unwavering support and understanding. While I won’t be competing this year I’m looking forward to lacing up with my teammates in 2021 and continuing the pursuit for a WNBA championship. Wishing the entire league and everyone involved a healthy and enjoyable season. Go Sun!

The WNBA season is tentatively scheduled to tip off in late July from Florida’s IMG Academy in Florida, where reported coronavirus cases are spreading rapidly.