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Rudy Gobert Purposefully Touched Reporters' Microphones 2 Days Earlier than Testing Optimistic for Coronavirus


Utah Jazz participant Rudy Gobert seems to have disregarded the coronavirus pandemic simply days earlier than he examined optimistic for COVID-19.

Whereas assembly in an interview room, as an alternative of a locker room, as a part of the league’s response to the outbreak, Gobert, 27, made a degree to the touch reporters’ microphones and recorders in an exaggerated method throughout a pregame interview on Monday, seemingly a joke on the league’s cautiousness.

In a video that surfaced on social media, Gobert might be seen getting up from his seat after an interview. As he begins to depart the room, the athlete turns round to wipe his arms on the mouthpiece of a number of microphones connected to a podium earlier than leaving the room.

“As a part of the Jazz’s COVID-19 response, shootaround availability was completed within the ZBBC media room as we speak moderately than on the court docket. As Rudy Gobert obtained completed discussing the state of affairs, he stood up, leaned over and made it a degree to the touch each mic and recorder in entrance of him,” Salt Lake Tribune‘s Eric Walden reported.

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On Wednesday, the NBA suspended the rest of the season after a Utah Jazz participant examined optimistic for coronavirus.

“The NBA introduced {that a} participant on the Utah Jazz has preliminary examined optimistic for COVID-19. The take a look at was reported shortly previous to the tip-off of tonight’s recreation between the Jazz and Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder at Chesapeake Vitality Enviornment,” the NBA mentioned in a press release.

“The NBA is suspending recreation play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of video games till additional discover. The NBA will use this hiatus to find out subsequent steps for transferring ahead in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Gobert, who the Utah Jazz listed as “questionable” attributable to sickness proper earlier than Wednesday’s recreation, was recognized by the Related Press because the participant who examined optimistic for COVID-19.

The NBA’s resolution to droop its video games comes after the Nationwide Collegiate Athletic Affiliation introduced that March Insanity will probably be held with out followers in attendance.

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NCAA President Mark Emmert revealed the information in a press release on Wednesday, explaining, “My resolution relies on the present understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in america.”

“The NCAA continues to evaluate the affect of COVID-19 in session with public well being officers and our COVID-19 advisory panel. Primarily based on their recommendation and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I’ve made the choice to conduct our upcoming championship occasions, together with the Division I males’s and girls’s basketball tournaments, with solely important workers and restricted household attendance,” Emmert shared.

As of March 11, there at the moment are not less than 1,240 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus and 37 COVID-19-related deaths in america, based on the New York Instances.

Nearly all of U.S. circumstances are in Washington state, California and New York, and all three have declared a state of emergency to redirect funding.