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.
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Pro-Trump UFC Fighter Offers to Fight on White House Lawn During Coronavirus Pandemic
Colby Covington wants to put on a show for his fans.
While most professional sports have shut down, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is still hoping to put on mixed martial arts fights during the coronavirus pandemic.
UFC promoter Dana White intends to put on his UFC 249 pay-per-view broadcast next month despite major problems in finding a venue and fighters willing to participate in the event. He refuses to say where the event, which is scheduled to take place on Apr. 18, will ultimately take place.
“Believe me, people have been talking about that,” White said of the potential for holding UFC 249 on an aircraft carrier. “I haven’t resorted to that yet, but that’s probably coming soon.”
White, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump who hosted the President at a UFC event last year, blames the fake news media for making it so difficult for him to promote a fight during the pandemic.
“A lot of these media guys are absolute and total f**king scumbags,” he said. “As soon as you let them know what you’re doing, all they’re trying to do is f**k up everything that you’ve worked. So I’ve literally told every one of these guys to go f**k themselves and I’m not telling any of them what I’m doing, where I’m doing it.”
Former UFC champion and outspoken bad boy Colby Covington has a suggestion for White on where to hold the event: the White House lawn. Covington offered to fight another former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in a free exhibition at any time.
“The offer still stands UFC. I’ll go full Teddy Roosevelt & beat the breaks off Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley live from The White House lawn! Save sports and make it free on ESPN for the people! Im in such a giving mood I’ll even arrange a tour of the oval office for Tyrone, since Obama never did,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Covington is one of the most outspoken Trump supporters in all of professional sports, building his entire public image around his support of the President.
“The haters are saying I’m the underdog,” Covington said in 2018. “You know who else was the underdog? The ruler of our nation Donald Trump. And just like Trump I’m gonna grab these p**sies and put them in their place.”
In an iconic photograph, Covington can be seen presenting his former UFC title to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
“He didn’t have to spend as much time as he did with us, and he legitimately gave us 30 minutes – just (expletive), told us some funny stories, he likes chicks, he likes wrestling, he likes MMA. And he was just telling us stories and just being a regular guy. He’s down to earth. He’s just a regular guy,” Covington said following his meeting with the President.
Covington hopes to make the UFC great again, and give lockdown-weary Americans something to excite them, with a patriotic display of ultimate fighting outside of the White House.
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