Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the coronavirus, causing the remainder of the current NBA season to be placed on hold.
“The Jazz and Thunder players are currently quarantined in the OKC arena, league sources tell ESPN,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted. “This is following Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus.”
According to Shama Charaina, who broke the news, Gobert was ready for tonight’s game prior to his diagnosis.
“Sources say Gobert is feeling good, strong and stable — and was feeling strong enough to play tonight,” Charaina wrote on Twitter. “Following Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test, the NBA is in an indefinite suspension.”
The NBA also released a statement regarding this incident; however, did not single Gobert out by name.
“The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena,” the statement read. “At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.”
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league continued. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
This diagnosis comes days after Gobert mocked the seriousness of the virus by purposely touching things such as microphones, immediately following a press conference.
A few days ago, Rudy Gobert poked fun at the coronavirus panic. Gobert was ruled out of today’s game with an illness before the game was postponed.pic.twitter.com/LFRtEO6NLZ
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