Jazz star Rudy Gobert donating more than $500,000 to help fight against COVID-19

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 star center Rudy Gobert became patient zero around the NBA world earlier this week when he tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). It led to the Association suspending its season.

Gobert, a native of France, has since received a ton of criticism for his actions leading up to that positive diagnosis.

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With the United States and its European allies dealing with the widespread nature of this pandemic, Gobert has decided to donate north of $500,000 in cold hard cash to help fight against the spread of coronavirus.

The donation will be used to help those impacted in both Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City as well as the healthcare system in his native France, as the Jazz noted in a press release on Saturday.

As the United States prepares for this virus to spread even more within its borders, France is dealing with a major emergency.

All cinemas, clubs and cafes in France will close as of midnight local time Sunday morning as the nation deals with a major spike in cases.

This likely won’t get some people off Gobert’s back for his lack of understanding of the virus prior to contracting it. However, it’s a great gesture from the star big man. That’s for sure.