VIDEO: Before Being Diagnosed with Coronavirus, NBA Star Rudy Gobert Contaminated Mics and Recorders at Press Conference
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.