WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus. He says he should have taken the virus more seriously.
- The basketball player jokingly touched reporters’ microphones at the press conference earlier last week. His teammate contracts the virus afterward.
- Gobert donates $500,000 to part-time arena workers and coronavirus-related social services for families in Utah, Oklahoma, and France.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert becomes the first professional athlete in North America to test positive for COVID-19. He admits to being careless and wishes to have taken the virus more seriously.
Rudy Gobert was feeling sick before the game opposite Oklahoma City on Wednesday but did not take the situation seriously. The basketball player touched reporters’ microphones on the table in front of him as a joke at the press conference earlier last week.
Gobert has tested positive for the virus thereafter. His teammate Donovan Mitchell and Christian Wood from the Detroit Pistons tested positive next. This prompted the 30-day hiatus of the NBA season amid the growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
To date, the three remain the only recorded NBA players to have contracted the virus. The father of Mitchell, Donovan Mitchell Sr., who is a Mets executive, later tested negative for the virus.
Gobert delivered an update on his health condition on the NBA Twitter account on Sunday, saying that he is feeling a “little better every single day.” He also reminded people to implement precautionary measures against the virus.
“I’m gonna start by saying thank you to all the people that have been supportive and for all the positive energy. It really means a lot,” Gobert tweeted. “As for myself, I’ve been feeling a little better every single day, thanks to the healthcare people of Utah and Oklahoma City and other great people around me.”
The NBA player reminds people to “try to avoid making unnecessary contact with people. It’s all about protecting yourself and the people around you. I wish I would have took this thing more seriously.”
He ended his video message saying, “I hope everyone else will do so, because we can do it together,” and reminding everyone to “take care and stay safe.”
Gobert has also promised a $500,000 donation to support part-time arena employees in Utah since the shutdown of NBA season, as well as coronavirus-related social services for families in Utah, Oklahoma, and France, his hometown.
The Detroit Pistons played at Madison Square Garden Sunday before Wood had been tested for the virus. NBA advises the Knicks to remain in self-quarantine immediately after their arrival in New York City after the game in Atlanta, Thursday night.
Source: New York Post