Shortly before he was officially diagnosed with coronavirus, NBA star Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz went out of his way to contaminate various microphones and recorders at a press conference by touching them with his hands.
Apparently Gobert was attempting to make a joke about the hysteria over the coronavirus with his display during a Monday press conference, which has to be seen to be believed.
Here’s Rudy Gobert touching a bunch of reporters’ audio equipment 2 days ago. Today, he tested positive for coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/Z3Lw1yfCfW
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 12, 2020
On Wednesday, Gobert was diagnosed with coronavirus, and his contamination has resulted in the entire NBA season being suspended. The scheduled Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was called off when Gobert’s illness was discovered.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league announced in a statement issued right after 9:30 p.m. E.S.T. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
It is feared that Gobert may have contaminated other NBA players during a string of recent games before he started exhibiting symptoms for coronavirus.
Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA suspended its season immediately.
— patrick (@muldowney) March 12, 2020
Others have speculated that the entire league could be infected based upon analysis done with the recent NBA schedule.
All 30 NBA teams can be connected in just the last 5 days.
The NBA made the right decision to suspend this season. pic.twitter.com/jUy3X5zwTj
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 12, 2020
The Jazz franchise has reported that the “individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of today,” referring to Gobert. They noted that the “preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off” so everyone was forced to leave the game in Oklahoma City after they had already arrived to the arena.
“We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials and the NBA to determine how to best move forward as we gather more information,'” the Jazz said in a statement. “The individual is currently in the care of health officials in Oklahoma City. In coordination with the NBA and state officials, we will provide updates at the appropriate time.”
“It’s a very serious time right now,” Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said about the NBA suspending the season. “I think the league moved appropriately and prudently and we’ll all just have to monitor the situation and see where it goes from here.”
“This is a global pandemic where people’s lives at stake,” said Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise. “I’m a lot more worried about my kids, and my mom is 82 years old, and talking to her, and telling her to stay in the house, than I am about when we play our next game.”
“As we’ve said from the beginning, the health and safety of our fans, employees, players and partners is our top priority and thus we fully support the NBA’s decision to postpone games,” Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “We will continue to stay in contact with the league, and local, state and federal health experts as we closely monitor this public health crisis.”
Hopefully nobody else caught the coronavirus because of Gobert’s ridiculous and dangerous stunt at the press conference.
Ohio High School Football Players Reinstated After Suspension For Entering Field With Thin Blue Line, American Flags
Why were they even suspended?
Two Little Miami, Ohio high school football players who were suspended from their team for entering a game while carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line(commemorating firefighters) flags have been freed from suspension, after community members expressed outrage at the punishment of the two young men.
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams had been given an indefinite suspension from the Little Miami High School football team for carrying the two flags onto the field before a game, apparently violating a rule against political symbols. The two seniors reject the notion that they were making a political statement, and one of the boys had spoken of his intention to honor first responders, such as his own father, on the anniversary of 9/11.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
After concerned parents and community members organized a protest event to stand with Williams and Bentley, the Little Miami School Board reversed its decision, freeing the senior players from suspension.
The President of the school board seemed keen to establish that the institution “supports police,” perhaps feeling the pressure from angry parents displeased to see the patriotic young men kicked from the football team for an innocuous display of patriotism.
UPDATE: High school players REINSTATED after suspension for honoring 9/11 first responders ==>https://t.co/i7hbJ7VLgr
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 15, 2020
They still might face some consequences, and reportedly team officials had commanded the players not to enter the field with the flags. Their punishment will be settled within the athletic department’s code of conduct.
College and high school sports teams put on elaborate displays in support of the left-wing Black Lives Matter movement all the time. Pro-police and firefighter flags are not a political statement by a long shot. This suspension never should’ve been issued in the first place.
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