The press conference is said to have taken place on Monday and Rudy Gobert was listed as sick on Wednesday, prior to a game in Oklahoma City.
Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Reporters who covered the Utah Jazz event are now being tested for the virus, reports HuffPost. Being in close contact with the players is not the only reason for them to be tested. After Gobert tested positive, a video of him touching all of the reporters' equipment came out. In what was supposed to be a joke, he even wiped his hands on all the microphones that were present there. Apparently, he was mocking the NBA rule that required 6 to 8 feet of distance between players and reporters during press conferences.
In the video, Gobert can be seen waving his hands over the mics before going around and touching each and every single one of them. The press conference took place on Monday and Gobert was listed as sick on Wednesday, prior to a game in Oklahoma City. Right before the game was about to begin, reports emerged that the star was diagnosed with Coronavirus. As a response, they canceled the game and NBA was forced to suspend the season. However, one reporter who was present in the room and was waiting to be tested after the incident actually defended Gobert.
I hate to say this but the NBA has to fine him for being so careless and childish— DxKi (@TH3K1D06) March 12, 2020
Andy Larsen shared on Twitter: One thought: Rudy Gobert was one of last season's nominees for the Magic Johnson Award, which "recognizes the player who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans." He's honestly been great to work with. ESPN then reported that Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive for the Coronavirus. The Utah Jazz announced Thursday that a second player has tested positive but did not reveal Mitchell's name. ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter: Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has tested positive for the coronavirus, league sources tell ESPN. Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings. Now a Jazz teammate has tested positive.
Could the virus urge people to try to infect more people? People that have the virus seem to like traveling (no pun intended) and he just rubbed all these mics. Or is it just stupidity?— Drew⎊ (@ShortForAndrew) March 12, 2020
"We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward," the Jazz said in a statement. However, Mitchell took to Instagram to make the announcement. He wrote: Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test. We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully, people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them.
Wow! One of the stupidest moves I’ve seen in recent memory. Regardless of what he thought he was sick with, this is terrible behavior. Congrats buddy. Any other players or staff members get sick it’s on you, @rudygobert27 🤦🏻♂️— Blackhawk Warriors (@ChippyHawksFans) March 12, 2020
He added: I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbours who need our help. Meanwhile, there are reportedly several Jazz players who have privately said that Gobert's attitude towards the whole scenario was quite blasé, with him going around touching everyone's belongings in the locker after touching all the microphones. Many social media users weren't so happy about the so-called 'joke' Gobert pulled off.
Unless everyone gets on board with social distancing guidelines and mass testing starts in the United States right now, we're going to see the worst pandemic in a century. We can't wait for symptoms.— Thomas Reich (@gollum1419_g) March 12, 2020
A user name Bezlo wrote: Coronavirus takes longer than 2 days to show symptoms, especially in healthy adults. If he has it, he had it before then. The scary part is he probably gave it to everyone in that room. Another user named Debi added: not really Probable that he infected everyone he wasn't sneezing, coughing or spitting, so no "droplet" contamination possible but HIGHLY Possible anyone touching the same surfaces as him Could become infected regardless, VERY STUPID & DANGEROUS on his part. A third, with the name No Du Fox added: Only Donovan Mitchel and Rudy has the virus of all the tested people!! We don’t know who gave it to whom.. be safe out there.
The dude was exhaling on the mics while answering questions, I’m sure him touching them didn’t make a difference. You should be sanitizing those sons of bitches (mics) every time someone talks through them. The shit spreads through breath, as well.— Kingme (@KingMe142) March 12, 2020