Rudy Gobert has apologized for demonstrating a flippant perspective towards the coronavirus simply days earlier than testing optimistic for COVID-19 himself.
Footage of a Monday press convention confirmed Gobert, an All-Star participant for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, touching journalists’ microphones and recorders in arguing that the general public was overreacting to the sickness menace.
On Wednesday, nonetheless, Gobert examined optimistic for coronavirus shortly earlier than a sport with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder was set to start. The sport was instantly postponed.
Assuring followers he was underneath “nice care,” Gobert issued a prolonged apology on Instagram Thursday, noting he “had no concept” he was contaminated on the time of the press convention incident.
“I used to be careless and make no excuse,” Gobert wrote. “I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everybody to take this significantly. I’ll do no matter I can to assist utilizing my expertise as solution to educate others and forestall the unfold of this virus.”
The NBA suspended the rest of the season later Wednesday, following Gobert’s prognosis.
“The NBA is suspending sport play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of video games till additional discover,” the league mentioned in a press release. “The NBA will use this hiatus to find out subsequent steps for shifting ahead in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell examined optimistic for the coronavirus on Thursday.