Rudy Gobert says he’s facing “fear, anxiety, and embarrassment” after testing positive for coronavirus

NBA star Rudy Gobert has posted a new Instagram message after he tested positive for coronavirus shortly after making light of coronavirus prevention by touching reporters mics in a video that went viral. 

Gobert says he’s facing “fear, anxiety, and embarrassment.” after testing positive. 

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.

 

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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.

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Monday, Erica Walden reported NBA star Rudy Gobert apparently mockingly touched a bunch of microphones and recorders after a presser.

At the time, this was still considered just a joke.

2 days later, Rudy was out with an illness. We now know that illness is coronavirus and at least one of his teammates, Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive.

According to ESPN correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski, Jazz players privately say that Rudy Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings

TheHill reports footage making the rounds online shows NBA player Rudy Gobert playfully touching all of the microphones and phones from media that were put in front him during a press conference days before news broke that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a short clip that has racked up more than 3 million views on Twitter, the Utah Jazz star center could be seen smiling while touching the devices as he began to exit the press event on Monday amid laughter from some off-camera.

On Wednesday, The Athletic reported that Gobert had become the first player in the NBA to test positive for COVID-19.

Later on Wednesday night, the league announced it would be suspending the current season until further notice as it plans its next steps.

“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. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena,” the NBA said.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” it continued. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

ESPN correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski ‏reported Thursday that Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell has also tested positive for the coronavirus.