By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Dodgers third-baseman Justin Turner refused to comply with security after the Dodgers won the World Series despite being placed in isolation following his removal from the World Series game due to a positive COVID-19 test, Major League Baseball officials said Wednesday.

In a statement issued just hours after Los Angeles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays for the franchise’s seventh title, league officials said Turner “chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others” after he was removed from the game.

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ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 27: Justin Turner holds the trophy after the Dodgers defeated the Rays in Game 6 to win the World Series at Globe Life Field. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Confirming an earlier report, MLB officials say security asked Turner to leave the field, but “he emphatically refused to comply.”

“While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the
field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk,” the statement said.

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Both teams were undergoing additional COVID testing Wednesday “and their travel back to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the appropriate authorities,” officials added.

A “full investigation into this matter” was underway, according to the league.

But on Wednesday night, some of Turner’s teammates were coming to his defense.

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“He’s part of the team,” Mookie Betts said. “We can’t, we’re not excluding him from anything.”