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Jazz’ Rudy Gobert apologizes for endangering people through ‘careless’ behavior with coronavirus

Matt Johnson
Feb 24, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) warms up before the game against the Phoenix Suns at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert apologized on Thursday for his “careless” behavior that endangered the safety of those around him due to the coronavirus.

Gobert, who jokingly touched the microphones and recording devices of reporters just days ago, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. Just moments after his positive test, the NBA announced it was suspending the season.

In a statement on Instagram, Gobert offered his apologies to all those he endangered and promised to do what he can to use his experiences to educate others about the dangers of the coronavirus.


Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell had a locker next to Gobert and also tested positive for COVID-19. Multiple Jazz players shared privately that Gobert acted carelessly in the locker room, touching other players and their belongings.

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