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Gobert apologizes for ‘careless’ behavior amid outbreak

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert, center for the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz, has apologized for his “careless” behavior that may have led to his positive test for coronavirus, which was a prime driver in subsequently bringing the entire US sports industry to a standstill. 

News of Gobert’s positive test for coronavirus on March 11 quickly led the NBA to suspend its season. That league-level decision in turn quickly helped prompt every other major US pro and college property to do the same. 

But Gobert early this week made a deliberate point of touching every microphone and recording device during a media availability, in an apparent act of fearlessness to the virus outbreak. He also openly mocked the league’s new rules at the time requiring media members to keep a distance of six to eight feet from players, in turn countering health official recommendations to practice social distancing.

Gobert is now acknowledging that his actions has brought serious risk to many other players, coaches, referees, and officials around the league. 

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

Jazz teammate Donavan Mitchell, whose locker is located next to Gobert’s, has also tested positive for coronavirus, and at present is the only other Jazz player or employee to do so.