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Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert apologizes for being ‘careless’ before coronavirus diagnosis

Patriot-News - 3/12/2020

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert posted an apology on social media channels Thursday for being “careless” this week during the coronavirus outbreak.

The NBA suspended its season Wednesday night after a Jazz player -- reported by multiple sources to be Gobert -- tested positive for the coronavirus. That news came days after a bizarre scene where Gobert jokingly made a point to touch every recorder and microphone in front of him after a media availability.

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On Thursday, another Jazz player -- reported to be young star Donovan Mitchell -- tested positive for the coronavirus, though that was reportedly the lone additional positive from 58 tests conducted for the Jazz and its traveling party.

Gobert, 27, addressed this in his post:

The caption reads:

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.

The Jazz was on the court preparing to play the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when it received the news of Gobert’s diagnosis. The two teams left the court, and the game was subsequently postponed.

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Later Wednesday, the Kings and Pelicans did not play their scheduled game in Sacramento because one of the officials involved had worked a Jazz game earlier in the week. The Toronto Raptors were being tested for the coronavirus after they played the Jazz earlier in the week.

The NBA was the first major institution to suspend its season. The NHL followed suit Thursday, along with the MLS. Major League Baseball announced it was pushing back its season at least two weeks. Conference tournaments for college basketball were canceled, with the cancellation of the NCAA tournament serving as perhaps the most significant development of the week.

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Daniel Gallen covers the Philadelphia Eagles for PennLive. He can be reached at dgallen@pennlive.com. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Follow PennLive’s Philadelphia Eagles coverage on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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