NBA Suspends Season Due to Utah Jazz Player Testing Positive for the Wuhan Flu After He Joked About Virus
The National Basketball Association is suspending its season after a Utah Jazz tested positive for the Wuhan virus, according to a league announcement on Wednesday. The New York Times reported that the league will enact the suspension after Wednesday night’s games are finished.
This move all started when a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz in Oklahoma was postponed on March 11, 2020 due to “unforeseen circumstances”, per league reports.
Right before tipoff, officials and coaches were talking before the teams returned to their locker rooms. The game was eventually cancelled and the Thunder PA announcer said: “The game tonight has been postponed. You’re all safe. Please take your time and leave the arena in an orderly manner. You’re all safe.”
Jazz center Rudy Gobert was confirmed to have caught the Wuhan virus which prompted the league to prematurely end its season.
The diagnosis is a dash of karma for the French player, he was caught on camera joking about the virus earlier this week.
This is the video of Rudy Gobert touching all the microphones and potentially infecting innocent people with Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/hqae652PLX
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) March 12, 2020
In the midst of this, the NCAA decided to prohibit fans from attending men’s and women’s basketball games due to the pandemic.
On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the Wuhan virus a global pandemic.