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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021

Spurs’ Marco Belinelli says Rudy Gobert’s behavior was ‘terrible’

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Rudy Gobert drew significant criticism for his reckless behavior prior to his coronavirus diagnosis, and now one fellow NBA player is bashing him as well.

In an interview this week with Italian outlet Corriere della Sera, San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli spoke unfavorably about Gobert’s actions.

“Terrible,” said Belinelli, per Jeff Garcia of WOAI in San Antonio. “I prefer not to express myself because I don’t want to say things that then seem offensive or too serious, but what he did was yes, terrible.”

The 34-year-old Belinelli hails from Italy, a country that has been hit very hard by the coronavirus. He also praised local efforts to fight the disease.

“From a distance I see how all our doctors, our nurses, all those who are on the front line against the virus are giving 150% to heal people,” he said.

As for the Utah Jazz center Gobert, he was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 and was touching microphones as well as reportedly exhibiting careless behavior in the locker room before his diagnosis. While the All-Star big has since apologized for not taking the disease seriously, his relationship with one teammate may be permanently damaged due to his actions.

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