This Day in Failure: February 25

2020: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country. We have very few people with it, and the people that have it are … getting better. They’re all getting better. … As far as what we’re doing with the new virus, I think that we’re doing a great job.”
—U.S. president Donald Trump, seeking to downplay the threat of COVID-19

2020: Kayleigh McEnany, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, tells Fox News: “We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here….” A month later, the United States has more cases of COVID-19 than any other country in the world.

2002: Former NBA player Jayson Williams turns himself in to authorities and is charged with reckless manslaughter in the February 14 shooting death of limousine driver Costas Christofi, which took place at Williams’ New Jersey estate. Reports indicate that Williams was playfully flipping his gun when it went off and killed Christofi. In his 2000 memoir, “Loose Balls,” Williams wrote about an incident in which he nearly shot New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet.