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Rudy Gobert issues apology for acting ‘careless’ about coronavirus

Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert was the first professional athlete in the United States to be diagnosed with coronavirus, and the Utah Jazz star issued an apology on Thursday for the cavalier attitude he showed toward the illness before he knew he had contracted it.

Gobert thanked fans for their concern in an Instagram post, saying he felt “fear, anxiety, and embarrassment” after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Gobert admitted he was “careless” when mocking the concerns over coronavirus and said he hopes his mistake can serve an educational purpose.

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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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“The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected,” Gobert wrote. “I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus.”

Gobert tested positive for coronavirus just before tip-off of Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the NBA decided to postpone all regular season games shortly after that. After Monday’s shootaround, Gobert mocked the coronavirus concerns by touching every microphone and recorder in front of him after he and other players were instructed to meet reporters in the media room as opposed to on the court.

Donovan Mitchell has since also tested positive for coronavirus, but he was the only other Jazz player or staff member who was infected — at least as of Thursday afternoon. Jazz players were reportedly upset with the way Gobert handled himself prior to being diagnosed.

Donovan Mitchell tests positive for Coronavirus; Jazz players felt Rudy Gobert was ‘careless’

Donovan Mitchell

Rudy Gobert is not the only Utah Jazz player who has contracted Coronavirus, as Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive.

Mitchell’s test for Coronavirus came back positive, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jazz players said privately that Gobert was being “careless” by touching other players and their belongings in the locker room.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Mitchell was the only Jazz player or staffer to test positive other than Gobert after 58 tests were administered on Wednesday night.

Gobert is facing a lot of criticism for the way he mocked Coronavirus prior to testing positive. After the team’s shootaround on Monday, Gobert met with reporters in the media room as opposed to on the court as part of the team’s measures in response to Coronavirus. He made light of the situation by touching every microphone and recorder in front of him.

It’s unclear when or how Gobert contracted Coronavirus, but one reporter said Wednesday night that Gobert previously had contact with travelers from France and Italy.

The NBA has suspended its season in response to Gobert’s positive test. Other teams that faced the Jazz or came in contact with Jazz players will also have to be quarantined.

Rudy Gobert ‘doing good’ despite coronavirus, French teammate Evan Fournier says

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Rudy Gobert became the first NBA player to test positive for coronavirus, but he is said to be doing well so far.

Gobert’s teammate on the French National Team, Evan Fournier, sent a tweet on Wednesday night telling people that Gobert was “doing good.”

Gobert and his Utah Jazz teammate, Emmanuel Mudiay, both missed shootaround on Wednesday due to illness. They were both listed as out for the Wednesday night Jazz-Thunder game, though Gobert was later upgraded to questionable because he was feeling well. That matches with what Fournier said.

The Jazz later issued a statement saying that one of their players tested negative for the flu, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection on Wednesday morning. That led them to test for coronavirus, which came back positive.

The NBA season is currently suspended indefinitely. One report says the suspension could last at least a month.

NBA postpones season after Rudy Gobert’s positive test for coronavirus

Adam Silver

Things with the National Basketball Association have quickly escalated to the worst case scenario.

The league has suspended its season in the wake of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive test for coronavirus, they announced in a statement on Wednesday.

In the statement, the NBA also stated that this positive test was the reason for the abrupt cancellation of the game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gobert, a 2020 All-Star and two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year, had previously been mocking the hysteria over the illness. Now he has become the league’s Patient Zero, forcing them to suspend play indefinitely.

Rudy Gobert has Coronavirus; NBA suspends season

Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert has tested positive for Coronavirus, according to a report, and that has triggered the NBA to put the season on hiatus.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Wednesday night that Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus but is feeling good.

Gobert and Utah Jazz teammate Emmanuel Mudiay both missed shootaround on Wednesday due to illness. They were declared out for Wednesday’s game at Oklahoma City, though Gobert’s status was later changed to questionable. However, the game was later postponed at the last second, with many speculating the reason was due to the illness of the players.

News of Gobert testing positive came just before the league also decided to go on hiatus before deciding the next steps. This is a massive public health crisis and they cannot risk the further spread of the virus.

One report says the NBA season could go on hiatus for at least a month.

The unfortunate irony is that Gobert was mocking Coronavirus as of Monday, irresponsibly touching the microphones and recorders of media members.

Rudy Gobert, who is now ill, was previously mocking Coronavirus

Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert probably is rethinking his behavior over the past few days.

At the Utah Jazz’s shootaround on Monday, players met with reporters in the media room as part of the team’s measures in response to Coronavirus. Gobert made light of the situation by touching every microphone and recorder in front of him, according to Jazz reporter Eric Walden.

Here is the video:

Gobert was showing that he wasn’t taking things very seriously regarding the possible spread of germs.

Fast forward to Wednesday, and Gobert along with teammate Emmanuel Mudiay were both listed as questionable for the Jazz’s Wednesday night game against the Thunder.

Neither player participated in shootaround, and both were later declared out for the game, though the Jazz changed Gobert’s status to questionable.

The Thunder-Jazz game was later postponed at the last second, just before the game’s scheduled tipoff. The reason? They just found out Gobert had tested positive for Coronavirus.

Rudy Gobert blames referees for his ejection after scuffle with OG Anunoby

Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert and OG Anunoby got ejected from the end of Monday’s Utah Jazz-Toronto Raptors game, and Gobert thinks the referees messed up.

As Toronto was bringing the ball up the court with less than a minute left in their 101-92 road win, Anunoby threw an elbow at Gobert. Gobert shoved Anunoby back, leading to a scuffle. Here’s video.

Gobert complained after the game about the ejection. He felt the referees missed Anunoby’s elbow and didn’t like that he was thrown out.

If Gobert held back, maybe Anunoby would have been called for a foul, but he’s right that the refs seemed to miss the elbow.

Gobert was probably also upset about his poor game. He had just six points and four rebounds in 32 minutes as his team lost at home.

Referees miss foul of Brandon Ingram by Rudy Gobert at end of Pelicans game

Rudy Gobert foul Brandon Ingram

The referees missed a foul committed by Rudy Gobert on Brandon Ingram at the end of Monday night’s Utah Jazz-New Orleans Pelicans game that left the Pelicans frustrated.

Ingram drove to the basket and went for a layup with his team down 128-126 with under two seconds left. He was smacked on the forearm by Gobert, but no foul was called. He missed the shot and the game ended.

Pelicans players were frustrated with the no-call. Lonzo Ball said it was a foul and Ingram should have been given free throws.

They were also upset that coach Alvin Gentry and Ball’s efforts to call a timeout were ignored.

NBA referee Kane Fitzgerald answered questions for a pool reporter after the game. His explanation was Gobert played “legal defense.”

That was a missed call, and it stinks for the Pelicans.

Rudy Gobert takes shot at Hassan Whiteside after win over Blazers

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Another beef is brewing between Rudy Gobert and a Western counterpart.

After his team’s 121-115 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, the Utah Jazz center was asked to respond to Damian Lillard’s comments before the game calling Hassan Whiteside the best defensive center in the league. Gobert, the reigning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year, responded simply by saying, “Tell his coach to put him in at the end of the game.”

Whiteside, who has an NBA-high 2.7 blocks per game this season, often closes games for Portland but was benched for the entire fourth quarter against the Jazz in favor of Skal Labissiere. Gobert, meanwhile, is a much more complete defender whose versatility allows him to be a no-brainer closer for Utah.

This latest barb comes just a few months after Gobert traded shots with another prominent Western Conference center as well.

Rudy Gobert was motivated by Myles Turner’s DPOY shade in beating Team USA

Rudy Gobert pink suit

If Rudy Gobert seemed like he had a little extra fire underneath him during Wednesday’s game against the United States, it’s because he did.

After France handed Team USA the 89-79 defeat in their FIBA World Cup quarterfinal, Gobert teammate Nicolas Batum said the seven-footer got extra motivation from Myles Turner’s recent diss, per NBA.com’s John Schuhmann.

Turner, the Indiana Pacers big man who is starting at center for Team USA at the World Cup, threw some shade at Gobert this past weekend over the Utah Jazz star winning last season’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. Turner, who was also a candidate for the award, said that Gobert was the Defensive Player of the Year “according to some.”

Gobert responded by dropping 21 points and 16 rebounds against Team USA on Wednesday, as the French team eliminated them from the tournament. As for Turner, he probably picked the wrong guy to beef with here, considering that Gobert is known for his pettiness towards other centers.