NFL Referee Clay Martin Was Reportedly Hospitalized With COVID-19

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Clay Martin has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

Tulsa World is reporting that the NFL ref was admitted to a hospital on Saturday. Martin’s family confirmed the hospitalization via a statement to the Tulsa World.

The veteran NFL official had been out of game action since December 21. He was was reportedly asymptomatic at the time, but he’s since gotten worse.

The NFL referee is also a high school basketball coach and he reportedly sent this message to his players:

“I’m going to be in the hospital for a little while. Keep practicing and working hard and I will look forward to rejoining you soon,” Martin said.

The 45-year-old has been an NFL referee since the 2015 season.