2. Rudy Gobert
The NBA suspended its season after Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz center tested positive for COVID-19. The young athlete was reportedly in Oklahoma City but wasn’t present at the arena for the game.
Following the news, Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder were quarantined in Chesapeake Energy Arena. The City Thunder players departed, however the Jazz players stayed in the arena until testing results were finalized. Because the Jazz players were in contact with other players from NBA in recent games, 20 percent of NBA players are actually in quarantine.
Shortly after calling off the game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA released a statement in which it would suspend its season after Wednesday’s games.
The statement reads, “The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for the COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. 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 NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
After Rudy Gobert’s positive test was announced, a video of the athlete appeared mocking the coronavirus precautions by rubbing the microphones at a press conference. His teammates have also revealed that Gobert was “careless in the locker room” and had been “touching other players and their belongings” before he found out he has COVID-19.