Rudy Gobert states that he was being careless and deeply regrets his actions
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from NBA.com
Hours after Gobert’s positive diagnosis was announced, his teammate Donovan Mitchell was also diagnosed for COVID-19. According to ESPN senior reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, Mitchell may have contracted the virus due to Gobert’s carelessness in the locker room as he was reportedly cracking jokes and touching everyone and everything around him.
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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2020
It’s not a surprise that Gobert was taking the COVID-19 threat lightly in the locker room especially after a viral video of him doing the same thing in a press conference surfaced online. According to Wojnarowski, the whole Utah Jazz team is not happy with Gobert’s carelessness and there’s plenty of work to be done to fix the team’s relationship with the All-Star.
Multiple teams and several other people could have possibly been infected due to close contact with Gobert. The teams that went up against the Jazz in the past 10 days specifically the Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics are now under self-quarantine.
Serge Ibaka kissing the ball after Rudy Gobert drains a free throw, 2 days ago. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/uCYjcApEnN
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 12, 2020
Rudy Gobert was reportedly seen giving his game-worn arm sleeves to children in Detroit’s arena five days before he tested positive for coronavirus. (via @freep)
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 13, 2020
So What Can We Learn From Rudy Gobert’s Carelessness?
Gobert opened up via Instagram that he deeply regrets his actions in the past few days. He admits to being careless and has no excuses for his actions.
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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.
Even if the center wasn’t aware he had the virus, taking it lightly and making jokes about it is borderline inappropriate especially now that the COVID-19 threat is getting worse. Let Gobert’s actions teach us all a lesson and that is to be cautious and take extra precautions during this time—wash our hands often, avoid large crowds, eat healthy and stay indoors as much as possible. Moreover, this is also the best time to radiate good vibes and keep optimistic that the world can defeat the virus.
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