Sunday, June 27th, 2010 at 12:53 pm  |  17 responses

New Toronto Raptor Has Hepatitis B

We heard rumor of this, but didn’t want to report it until we saw it confirmed. Thanks to Tampabay.com, we now have: “Former Florida State star center Solomon Alabi’s precipitous fall in Thursday night’s NBA draft apparently was due in part to a diagnosis of Hepatitis B, his sports agency confirmed to the Times. Ugo Udezue, a vice president of player representation for BDA Sports, released a statement from Dr. David Lucas, a sports medicine specialist in Clermont: ’Solomon Alabi tested positive for the Hepatitis B virus. Contact with this virus is common in the African population. His condition is easily treated and in no way will affect his ability and performance as a professional basketball player. He can look forward to a long and successful basketball career.’ The 7-foot-1 Alabi, a native of Nigeria who came to the United States in June 2005 and went to high school at Montverde Academy near Orlando, was FSU’s leading scorer as a redshirt sophomore and a big reason the Seminoles were one of the nation’s stingiest defenses the last two years.”

Earlier this year, Mouphtaou Yarou, a freshman at Villanova from Africa, was diagnosed with Hep b. He came back to play after missing a good chunk of the season.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Hope he can come back to play in the L.

  • Steve

    Is it safe for all of the Raptor teammates being
    around him until he is rid of it? How long until
    he’d be free of Hep B?

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  • BackInBlack

    It stays with him forever, it shouldn’t affect his play. It’s spread by sharing body fluids and sexual ways. No raptor should get it Unless something special happens between them. It doesn’t affect or change your life.

  • T-Money

    Hep B is NOTHING like Hep C. You can live a normal life with it and it won’t affect his basketball play in any way. But I can see how teams may get scared of any illness.

  • Ronald

    Yeah, it’s only really Hep B. I’m surprised it affected his stock. And, if players are worried that they might get it from him, they should be more worried about Drew Gooden and the fact that he had a bout of MRSA which is highly contagious in an athletic environment.

  • JoeMaMa

    It was just reported that Hedo had mono this year. The virus is exchanged through pizza slices and Turkish Delight.

  • mAMba

    Turk – Get your ball away from me

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i hope he could get back to better condition.

  • deano

    stupid question: is it contagious?

  • http://4Aitkenroad,Hamilton,ScotlandML37YA Hambone

    if he chases a loose ball watch the bench/first row CLEAR

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  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Is he going to have any kind of nba career or the next thabeet? Im still dumb founded they took him over reke.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    The next Thabeet? One was picked 2nd and one was picked 50th what are you talking about?

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    1. Why did his stock drop?
    2. Is that not personal information?

  • slawson

    He was tagged to be taken by the Celts in the draft (who obviously need a center with Perk out) but I guess they are going to take care of that via Free Agency.