Tommy John has had COVID-19 for at least three weeks and the former Major League pitcher is disputing reports that he is a coronavirus denier.

"I'm not a denier. I've had it, baby," John said.

The 77-year-old remained hospitalized near his home in Indio, California. He said he started to feel ill following a trip to Nashville before he was hospitalized on Dec. 13.

John said he has had a bout of pneumonia and did receive oxygen but is not presently on oxygen.